The Ministry of Defense announced on Monday that it had purchased an extensive network of surface-to-surface precision missiles for a secret sum, and reportedly looking for longer-range arms that could target the entire region.
The ministry said Israel Military Industries will provide the IDF with missiles that can hit targets between 30 kilometers and 150 kilometers away (18 to 93 miles).
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"This precise firepower significantly improves the capabilities of the IDF and allows precise impact on remote launch, immediate availability and low mission costs compared to other combat systems," the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
"We are working on the development and development of precision systems for firefighting with which the IDF … can bridge every point in the region within a few years", according to Minister Avigdor Liberman of Defense.
This planned missile corps is believed to act as the offensive counterweight to the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group's own massive arsenal of more than 100,000 short and medium-range missiles.
It will allow Israel to fire Hizbollah targets from its own territory with a system that is more accurate than artillery fire and seemingly safer than air raids that often place pilots and planes in enemy territory.
Spokesmen from both the Ministry of Defense and IMI have refused to disclose the exact price of the missile system, as well as further details about its capabilities.
However, Hadashot news reported that among the purchased missiles were multiple rocket launch systems, or MLRS, that can reach targets at 40 kilometers (25 miles). These missiles have nuclear warheads containing 20 kilos (44 pounds) of explosives and are guided by GPS. The system can fire 18 missiles per minute.
The Ministry of Defense is also interested in buying a number of other IMI models, including Extended Range Artillery – or EXTRA. EXTRA missiles have a maximum range of 150 kilometers (93 miles) and, according to IMI, can carry a 120-kilogram heavy warhead. They cost $ 300,000 per rocket.
Another model that is being considered is the Predator Hawk, a tactical ballistic missile with a range of 300 kilometers (186 miles), which would cover all of Lebanon.
The idea of forming such an arsenal of ground-based missiles and a specially responsible corps has been suppressed for years in the IDF general staff, but in the end these types of missiles are in limited use and under the authority of the Air Force remained, which reportedly also has long-distance varieties such as the Jericho.
According to a January report in Yedioth Ahronoth, Liberman had a meeting with senior IDF officials and, after a short discussion, ended years of consultation with a decision to form the array, with a starting budget of about half a billion shekels being imposed, with the potential for much more in the coming years.
Juda Ari Gross contributed to this report.