The “Arrow” missile defense system is designed to intercept long range rockets. The unit recently took part in an exercise testing its ability to cope with large barrages of missiles
The “Herev Magen” Unit of the IAF, which operates the “Arrow” defense system, continuously maintains its operational capability. Recently, in an exercise that dealt with the ability of the unit to handle large barrages from two different locations, its soldiers utilized the training program designed by “Tadiran”, which had been integrated into the unit’s simulators a month prior to the exercise.
The new system provides more realistic scenarios on which to train, both with regards to the targets to be intercepted as well as the scenarios themselves. With the aid of the new program, the unit is able to better prepare its soldiers and commanders and ensure that they are ready when the day comes. “The program that ‘Tadiran’ developed creates a more ballistic image that better allows us to indentify the target as well as determine what type of target it is” explained Lt. Itai Ariav, the officer in charge of the exercise. “This ability gives us an important advantage in maintaining our readiness, and will pay off on the day that it is truly needed”.
“Nobody knows when we will get the call”
During the exercise, the soldiers of the unit practiced on several extreme scenarios, such as a barrage of heavy missiles, in particular a barrage that originates far from the border of Israel. “The reality of the Middle East changes from moment to moment” said the Commander of the “Herev Magen” unit, Lt. Col. Tamir Tzimber, in a briefing given to the participants of the exercise. “The developments that are taking place in the different parts of the region do have an impact on us. We expect you to carry out your missions with excellence and professionalism”.
The “Arrow” defense system, which is tasked with intercepting long range missiles at great heights, will warn against incoming missiles in order to minimize casualties. “No one knows when we will get the call. It is our responsibility to be ready all the time” said Lt. Itai. “After every scenario we practiced during the exercise we also debriefed and investigated our procedures in order to improve our performance for the next time. In the near future we are expecting to integrate new software into the system, and most of the procedures and operational knowledge that we developed here will become the new standard in the unit.