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Brig. Gen. Avigdor Kahalani: Windbreaker tank defense system will enable armored corps soldiers to be more focused and to achieve goals in the battlefield
Date: 28/03/2011, 5:08 PM Author: Daniella Bokor
“The Windbreaker system will change our operations in the battlefield,” explains Brig. Gen. Avigdor Kahalani, an Israeli war hero and the chairman of the soldier welfare association.
The Windbreaker active tank defense system successfully intercepted last month a rocket fired at an IDF (Zahal) tank during routine activity along the border fence with the Gaza Strip. No IDF (Zahal) soldiers were wounded in the incident and the terrorists who launched the rocket were later identified and neutralized.
In a conversation with IDF (Zahal) Website, Brig. Gen. Kahalani explains that the system is “a revolution in the armored corps. It’s significant, especially as an active defense system that saves the lives of soldiers. Although missiles are scarce, they may cause substantial damage, especially to combat soldiers, making the system imperative. Until today, antitank weaponry was the Achilles heel of the armored corps.”
Brig. Gen. Kahalani says that tank operation methods will be modified due to the system. He explains that now that “an armored corpsman sitting in a tank will be safer and less concerned about being attacked from unexpected angles, he will be more focused on the battlefield and on improving operational results. Thus, the battlefield will become more organized.”
“We must thank the developers of the system,” Brig. Gen. Kahalani says. “I say this based not only on my own knowledge in the field but also as chairman of the soldier welfare association. [The system’s] ability to protect our soldiers is unprecedented.”
Brig. Gen. Kahalani said that the Windbreaker system would also increase the motivation among the tank crewmen of the armored corps, thanks to the stronger sense of security that the system will provide.