US discloses Israel’s top-secret military base outraging Tel-Aviv

  Published time: June 04, 2013 19:17      Edited time: June 04, 2013 21:05                                                                            

An Arrow II battery, a U.S.-backed Israeli missile shield, is seen at Palmachim base, south of Tel Aviv May 29, 2013.(Reuters / Amir Cohen)

An Arrow II battery, a U.S.-backed Israeli missile shield, is seen at Palmachim base, south of Tel Aviv May 29, 2013.(Reuters / Amir Cohen)

The US government has inadvertently revealed the details of a top-secret Israeli missile base in published bid requests, leaving military officials in Tel-Aviv in the state of shock.

Israel has turned to the US government with its plans to build a  state-of-the-art facility to host the new ballistic-missile  defense system, the Arrow 3, McClatchy’s Washington Bureau  reports.
In accordance with its usual procedure, the US Defense Department  has published the details of the $25 million project on a federal  business opportunities website so that contractors could bid on  it.
Over 1,000 pages of specifications included a thorough  description of the future base from the depth of the underground  complex to building materials to be used in construction.
The information on the facility at Tel Shahar is classified in  Israel, with the local military even refusing to officially  confirm its location between the cities of Jerusalem and Ashdod.
“If an enemy of Israel wanted to launch an attack against a  facility, this would give him an easy how-to guide. This type of  information is closely guarded and its release can jeopardize the  entire facility,” an unnamed Israeli military official  commented, refusing to say if the plans for the base will be  altered as a result of the disclosure.

“This is more than worrying, it’s shocking,” he added.

An Israeli Air Force Sikorsky CH-53 helicopter lands in the Tel Nof air base in central Israel.(Reuters / Baz Ratner)

According to the bid requests, the Arrow 3 system will include  six interceptor missiles in vertical launch positions to be  placed at the base, with a gantry crane to be erected for further  missiles.
High-grade concrete reinforced with steel mesh grids will be used  to build the structures encasing the interceptor system, which  will have steel blast doors and a system to protect electrical  wiring from the pressure during the launch.
The Arrow 3 is a defense system designed to intercept ballistic  missiles outside the Earth’s atmosphere. It’s expected to become  operational in 2015-16 to tackle possible threats from the  nuclear weapon program developed by neighboring Iran.     “We’re thinking mostly about the nuclear threat,” Col. Aviram  Hasson, who heads the Arrow 3 project, is cited as saying by “We want to reach a situation in which Israel has a  ready defense for any threat, present or future.”
Earlier, the head of the bidding process at Israel’s Defense  Ministry, Lt. Col. Peleg Zeevi, told Reuters that the project was  given to the Americans as the IDF needed “a player that has the  knowledge, ability and experience” in the field.
Since 1998, the US had built military facilities worth $500  million for the Israeli army, which, according to Zeevi, was   “aware of the security issues that arise in deals with foreign  firms.” But it seems that the scale of the disclosure of a  top-secret facility was too much to handle for the Israeli  officials.

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