Five Facts About IDF’s Urban Warfare Trainings

Shay Sakif, IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson

The IDF (Zahal)’s Urban Warfare Training Center (UWTC) trains special unit and armies from all over the world in urban warfare with simulations including high-rise buildings, markets and underground passagewaysThe IDF (Zahal)’s Urban Warfare Training Center (UWTC) trains special unit and armies from all over the world in urban warfare with simulations including high-rise buildings, markets and underground passageways

Date: 02/01/2011, 10:24 AM     Author: Tzachi Biran

1. The Urban Warfare Training Center (UWTC), founded in 2006 in IDF (Zahal) base Ze’elim, is the world’s biggest urban warfare training facility.

2. The facility is spread out over 41,000 square meters and includes over 600 structures such as mosques, high-rise buildings and underground passageways.

3. The center also simulates a variety of civilian centers including markets, alleys, refugee camps, kasbahs and even tunnels.

4. The facility allows for training in laser-shooting and subsequent investigations of shots (where they were coming from, for example) using an advanced system of sensors.

5. The facility is operated by the IDF (Zahal)’s Urban Warfare Branch, in which special forces and foreign armies train as well.