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The Israel Defense Prize was awarded to the developers of the ground-breaking technology that allows the IDF to discover Gaza’s terror tunnels. The prestigious prize was awarded by President Reuven Rivlin, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Chief-of-Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, and Ministry of Defense Director-General Maj. Gen. (res.) Udi Adam during a ceremony at the President’s house in Jerusalem. During the ceremony, which is held every year over the past six decades, three prizes were awarded to groundbreaking security projects.
One of the prizes was awarded to the tunnel discovery project, which was led by the Defense Ministry’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure, in cooperation with the IDF’s Ground Forces and Gaza Division, Elbit Systems, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, and the Prime Minister’s Office.
According to the Defense Ministry’s statement, “there is nothing like this apparatus in the world, it led to a turning point in the campaign to thwart the tunnel threat.” “The development was achieved by the integration of various agencies, with technical-operational focus and an impressive persistence, and included technological breakthroughs in several creative projects.”
Another prize was awarded to a project that provides a first-of-its-kind answer to a central threat the State of Israel faces. The project, according to the Defense Ministry, “encompasses technological innovation and exceptional operational daring and serves as a significant and unique strategic contribution to the state’s security.”
The third prize was awarded to a project that had a major impact on Israel’s security, among other things by helping foil hundreds of terror attacks.
“This project encompasses the development of an innovative concept, which strives to achieve intelligence superiority and fulfill the potential of the digital age, as well as impressive organizational jointness and unique technological achievements in the field of big data,” the Defense Ministry said.
According to ynet.com, the defense bodies that received the prize are: the Military Intelligence Directorate (Special Operations, Unit 8200, Unit 3060, and the technological unit in the Research Department), the Central Command’s Intelligence Unit, the Matzpen Unit in the Computer Service Directorate, the Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Israel Aerospace Industries’ MLM Division.