'An impressive and smart security fence'

Defense Minister tours fence under construction near Eilat, designed to protect aircraft from attack at airport .

Yoni Kempinski ,

Defense Minister tours security fence
Defense Minister tours security fence
Ariel Hermoni, Defense Ministry

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman toured the security fence along Israel's eastern border with Jordan in the area of the Ramon Airport, currently under construction, on Wednesday.

Liberman was accompanied by the head of the Planning Directorate, Major General Amir Abulafia, and the project's head in the Defense Ministry, Brig. Gen. Eran Ophir.

The fence, which is over 30 kilometers (18 miles) in length, is in the final stages of construction and includes an exceptional and uniquely engineered barrier for protecting passenger aircraft against anti-tank missiles and other military scenarios.

The barrier is 30 meters (98 feet) tall and 4.5 kilometers (2.8 miles) long along the runway and landing strip, and includes a 6 meter (19.6 foot) high reinforcement fence, system roads, observation towers, and other advanced means of protection.

The project is a joint effort of dozens of contractors from the Engineering and Construction Division and the Border and Seam Planning Administration in the Ministry of Defense, as well as the IDF Southern Command.