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IDF gathering major intelligence collection

By YAAKOV KATZ New data-processing center under consideration; plan is an integral part of Halamish – new IDF multi-year plan that is currently under review.

The IDF plans to dramatically boost its intelligence collection capabilities with a new multi-year plan aimed at upgrading its technological capabilities and the procurement of new systems.

The plan is an integral part of Halamish – the new IDF multi-year plan that is currently under review and expected to go into effect in the beginning of 2012.

Under the plan, the Israel Air Force is expected to grow in the number of Gulfstream G550 jets that it has that serve as special electronics mission aircraft and gather signal intelligence from standoff positions. The IAF currently operates three such aircraft.

In addition, the IAF will also look to upgrade the visual intelligence gathering systems it has on its two squadrons of Beechcraft twin-turboprop aircraft, which are located in the Sde Dov Air Force Base and have seen a major increase in missions since the Second Lebanon War in 2006.