Outgoing IDF Technology Directorate: "When The Missiles Fall, We'll Be On The Ropes" [View all]
"In a total war scenario that includes missile strikes, it will be hard for use to realize our logistical capabilities. We're not as bunkered as we should be, we donít have storage based on an underground infrastructure, and our supplies are not sufficiently protected," outgoing IDF Technology and Logistics Directorate chief Brig.-Gen. Ofer Wolf warns "Globes" in an interview. He is retiring from the army after 27 years.
Wolf says, "In time of war, some of the supplies available for the army will used up within days. We'll have to produce what we'll need in real time, during the fighting, but we cannot manufacture underground. At the same time, I am also talking about the storage of munitions, fuel, and other critical items for waging war. As far as I'm concerned, there's a lot of frustration, and the situation is worrying."
"Globes": What is delaying the move underground?
Wolf: "The bunker plan has been shelved for budget reasons. Storing munitions underground is expensive, costing hundreds of millions of shekels. You have to dig, install advanced climate control systems, and protection and back-up systems in case of an internal explosion. We donít have this now, at least not enough. Our munitions and storage bases are aboveground, some are known to the enemy and they are targeted. Hitting them during wartime will hurt us. If we add to this that, during a war, traffic arteries are closed for security reasons, our operational ability will be on the ropes. There are countries far less threatened than us which have seen fit to invest in this direction.