Following Operation Protective Edge, development of AquaShield Diver Detection Sonar System expedited; System will detect and target threats to Jewish State
The Israeli Navy is installing a new system along the northern sea border that can detect divers and infiltrators. The system is also being installed along the sea border with the Gaza Strip and will be built along the borders of Lebanon and the Red Sea.
The system has automatic detection and tracking capabilities and target categorization capabilities. The new defense system will protect Israel’s maritime borders, as well as operations in the Mediterranean Sea, such as gas fields.
The AquaShield Diver Detection Sonar System was developed in need to prevent infiltration attempts by Palestinians from Gaza into Israel, most recently during Operation Protective Edge.
Five Hamas terrorists attempted to infiltrate Kibbutz Zikim on the Israeli coast during the Operation, the terrorists entering Israel through the Mediterranean Sea where they swam through the Gaza coast into Israel. They were killed by Israeli soldiers.
According a senior naval official, the AquaShield was not installed during the Operation as it was still in development, the events of Operation Protective Edge made its development a top priority. He stated that, “The chances of a diver infiltrating the system are zero. The system is proven and constitutes a sea barrier for Israel.”