This new change in procedure will shorten response time and will allow commanders in the field to address their needs faster and more accurately
“The ability to plan airlifting operations in the ground divisions will improve the efficiency of the teamwork and the cooperation between forces” Soon, officers from ground divisions will be able to plan and execute missions that involve airlifting a large number of troops in IAF transport helicopters. The unique training was developed by the Cooperation Unit and it will significantly improve the response time of the field units on the front
Now, officers from different IDF divisions will be able to plan and coordinate missions involving airlifting ground forces with the help of the Transport Helicopter Division of the IAF. Until now, the operations were planned by aerial coordination officers-IAF representatives deployed to different regional commands who serve as liaison officers between the IAF and ground forces. This new change in procedure will shorten response time and will allow commanders in the field to address their needs faster and more accurately.
The process is conducted by the Cooperation Unit, which in recent months has begun its implementation at the Northern Command. As part of the course the ground forces officers undergo, they gain experience in designing operations that involvק airlifting a large number of soldiers.
“The training is based on the conclusions of the past and on current IDF combat doctrine”, stresses Major Oded, who is in charge of the training in the Cooperation Unit. “The ability to plan airlifting operations in the ground divisions will improve the efficiency of the teamwork and the cooperation between forces”. During the training, the officers learn a few of the IAF secrets: what are the factors that are likely to make it difficult for helicopter landings and airlifting troops, which threats are the helicopters likely to encounter in the air and what are the relevant terms used by the aircrews.
“Our training focuses on explanations of how to plan, to manage and to carry out the whole airlifting operation”, explains Major Oded. “The course works on every stage of planning and execution, from submitting the request to taking off and landing to escorting forces after their departure from the helicopters-planning the operation from beginning to end”.