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Monday, November 6, 2017
4.5 kilometer 30-meter high fence protecting Ramon Airport

Protecting Ramon Airport: A 4.5 kilometer 30-meter high fence and other
technological means will protect aircraft taking off and landing at the new
Ilan and Asaf Ramon airport, currently being built near Timna
Ministry of Defense, Media & Public Affairs Bureau November 6, 2017

The Ministry of Defense continues construction of the eastern fence along
the Israel-Jordan border between Eilat and the sands of Samar (north of
Timna). The project is led by Brig. Gen. Eran Ofir, Head of the Ministry of
Defense Border and Security Fence Administration, together with the
Ministry's Engineering and Construction department. Construction of the
fence will cost roughly 300 million NIS, which includes the construction of
the Ilan Ramon airport, currently under construction near Timna.

To date, some 30 kilometers of the barrier have been deployed. The new fence
is being modeled after the security barriers along Israel's borders with
Egypt and the Golan Heights, with adjustments for the specific terrain of
the Arava.This undertaking includes the development of roads systems,
observation towers, operations centers and other advanced technological
measures.

The barrier is a unique solution developed for the protection of the Ilan
and Asaf Ramon airport constituting a 30-meters high fence. Placed on dozens
of tall pillars, the fence was designed to protect aircraft against a range
threats during take-off or landing at the airport. A physical fence of 4.5
kilometers and technological means are included in its development.

Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman: "We are constantly working to
strengthen the security components on all borders, in the face of existing
and future challenges. The unique fence that we are currently constructing
in the Arava, in order to protect the new airport, is further proof of the
creativity and ability of the defense establishment, and this is the
foundation of the IDF's strength."

The project's multiple components are shared by dozens of contractors from
the Engineering and Construction Division and the Border and Security Fence
Administration. The construction of the fence required, among other things,
the evacuation of 13 kilometers of old minefields, which will be completed
in the coming months. The project was planned in coordination with
environmental protection officials in order to minimize damage to the
surrounding environment. Among other things, hydrological solutions have
been developed to enable the establishment of the Nahal Ha'Arvah route,
resilient waterway barriers, ecological passages for animals, as well as
corrosion prevention solutions.

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