Israeli military technology and telecommunications units moved to a new headquarters near the Ben-Gurion University (BGU) in the south, with an investment of over 5 billion new shekels ($ 1.36 billion), the defense ministry and the university said on Monday .
The ministry signed a contract with Shikun & Binui to build a complex, which is expected to function within five years.
The complex is planned to be built in the hi-tech park "Gav Iam" near the university, located in the town of Beer Sheva.
Due to the strategic location of the new base next to the university, the Israeli government will allocate an additional 55 million new shekels to upgrade the infrastructure of the university.
The additional amount will also be used to hire academic staff and students and prepare for hi-tech professions in preparation for the transfer of troops to the south.
The units to be transferred include a computer department and communications from the IDF Main Staff, the Israeli Air Force Technological Unit and the Southern Command's headquarters. It is expected that more than 5,000 soldiers will serve in a new base.
The new project will be built as a "smart base" with innovative planning, architectural design, advanced infrastructure and energy efficiency.