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  • IDF Demonstrates Joint Ground/Air Capabilities in Live Fire Exercise
    Posted by Noam Eshel 7:03 PM on Oct 12, 2010

    The IDF conducted today, October 12, 2010 an impressive demonstration of a battalion-size joint-air-ground combined arms drill, the culminations of training of land force officer candidates. The exercise took place at the Shizafon training grounds in the Southern Negev desert, north of the city of Eilat.

    The objective of the exercise, which spanned several days, is to demonstrate how officer cadets from different service branches and corps operate together in a battalion size, ground/air combined arms operation. During the exercise, training school cadets from the infantry, engineering, armored, and artillery corps participated in complex combat techniques and simulated combat operations in open and urban areas, day and night, breeching anti-tank obstacles and mine fields, calling in fire support from artillery and air strikes, and coordinating logistical support, by simulating casualty evacuations and aerial re-supply.

    For the first time the armored elements in the exercise employed the new Trophy active protection system, as part of the deployment of the first Trophy equipped Merkava Mk4 battalion. During the demonstration, a Spike anti-tank missile was fired against one of the Merkava Mk4 tanks, only to be defeated by the tank’s active protection system (this clip is not shown on the video.) Mini-UAVs from the Artillery Corps’ new UAV "Sky Rider" squadron were also used.

    Chief of staff, Lt. General Gabi Ashkenazi said that in the next round of hostilities the IDF must win quickly and decisively, so there will be no doubt who won and who lost. There is no alternative to professionalism and combat spirit. "According to my point of view, those who don’t prepare for war should not lead their troops in battle. The IDF has impressive means and capabilities. Hezbollah, Hamas or the Syrians do not have such means. But at the end, these means must be employed with combat leadership, and you have this spirit” Ashkenazi told the young cadets.

    Credit: IDF Spokesman

    Tags: ar99, IDF

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