The IDF (Zahal) has begun using a new approach that lets military vehicles travel on civilian highways without causing disruptions
Date: 21/08/2012, 4:48 PM Author: Hadas Duvdevani
The IDF (Zahal) has begun implementing a new approach that enables armored combat vehicles to travel on civilian, asphalt roads without causing damage or disrupting civilian traffic.
The new approach entails covering highways with wide, resistant rubber belts before transporting heavy military equipment on them. In case of prolonged or large-scale incidents requiring the transport of many heavy loads, the rubber can be fastened down using iron rods. Following the operation or drill, the rubber is rolled up and saved for later use.
The IDF (Zahal) is reusing rubber from industrial conveyor belts for this project, thus conserving resources.
During emergencies, it is common for heavy combat engineering vehicles to need to travel on civilian roads across the country. At times, this has caused disruptions on many roads in both the north and the south.
Over the past year, the new method has proven effective in the Gaza Division and throughout the Southern Command, including during the most recent escalation in rocket fire from Gaza. As a result of this measure, traffic has not been disrupted, and military vehicles have not been damaged.
The IDF (Zahal) is currently examining the possibility of expanding the project to additional regions.