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U.S. Exposes Location, Layout of Top-Secret Israeli Arrow 3 Missile Base

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New Arrow 3 missile launchers to be built at Sdot Micha

As a follow-up to a post I wrote a few days ago, Cryptome has published maps and drawings of Israel’s top-secret Sdot Micha air base.  This is where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will build an even more secret (until Jane’s Defense Weekly spilled the beans) underground launch facility for Israel’s newest generation of anti-ballistic missles, the Arrow 3.  The purpose of the Arrow 3 which will be fully operational in their new base in 2015, will be to shoot down Iranian missiles that might carry the so far non-existent nuclear weapon meant to destroy Israel (if you believe Bibi Netanyahu).

The facility is to cost about $25-million to build.  In December, the Washington Post revealed the U.S. is also building an entire new airbase at Nevatim for $100-million.

The Army Corps, in putting the project out for bid, included architectural drawings of the plans for the missile launch facility including a map of its location on the air base.  Someone didn’t bother to think that Iran and Israel’s enemies would love to know such information.  Now, the IDF generals are pissed as hell.

The U.S. has responded that it provided all the 1,000 pages of documentation to Israeli officials for review and that they approved publication.  Sheera Frenkel reports this and Israel’s reply:

Israel continued to sharply disagree Thursday and to say the bidding proposal had revealed details that were to have been kept secret, including the location of the base, how the missiles are to be arrayed and even how thick the walls of the structures that would hold the missiles should be. One official had called the released details a blueprint for an attack.

“The Arrow 3 is not even formally operational. Why would we allow details of its composition to be published at this stage?” said an Israeli official close to the project. He declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the project. He said Israel had expressed its shock at the publication of the base details to the United States through its own channels.

I have this terribly old-fashioned belief that the more secrets we know, the less likely those who harbor these secrets can use them to blow up the world.  Or in this case, the Middle East.  In that spirit, I’m happy to publish the map here.

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  • yankel June 7, 2013, 12:31 AM

    Dealing with these kinds of news re such grave subject matter, one has to remember that very few – if any – who handle it, can tell for sure whether it’s genuine information or elaborate disinformation.

  • The Mighty Cynic June 7, 2013, 7:44 AM

    …. a mobile anti-missile defense system with 3 vehicles in all schematics now supposedly being buried where everyone knows to find it. Some comedy for the laymen. This bunker has nothing to do with Arrow III.

    • The Mighty Cynic June 7, 2013, 7:46 AM

      This is a leak by the real whitehats in the US to show that Israel is building what is more or less a fuhrer bunker, also with the capacity to store massive amounts of chemical and nuclear armaments. Inevitably ensuing this leak were the actions of Sayanim assets attempting to deflect and cover up the obvious nature of the bunker. Arrow III my arse. :)

  • PersianAdvocate June 7, 2013, 7:50 PM

    No matter what your agenda is, the current way to get there is peace. How much more strategically obvious can it get? Kill ‘em with kindness you yokels! Better products on the market — first country to flying cars wins.

  • Nora Lester Murad June 7, 2013, 10:02 PM

    This type of info always confuses me. Maybe you can clarify. Isn’t it illegal according to US law to engage in arms trade with states in breach of international humanitarian law? Israel is certainly in breach of IHL in the West Bank and Gaza. Isn’t some or all of the US military relationship with Israel illegal both according to US law and international humanitarian law? Sorry for such a basic question here, but I’m sure your response will be enlightening.

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