The fire ranges of East Israel trembled during an Armored Forces and an IAF training exercise. The armored forces practiced cooperation with helicopters crews, wounded evacuation and teamed with other aerial forces
Talya Yariv, Eilon Tohar & Vered Talala
The IAF joined a large scale divisional training exercise of IDF Armored Forces that was held recently in East Israel. Helicopters were directed to targets, practiced wounded evacuation and even practiced live fire as part of the operational process of minimizing safety ranges between forces on the ground to the intended target for attack.
“The joint exercise is the first to take place since Operation ‘Protective Edge’ and participated by many combat, helicopter and transport squadrons”, said Major A, The officer in charge of the training exercise on behalf of IAF’s Unit for Cooperation. “The cooperation between the armored forces and the IAF is of great importance, as the armored forces act as leading forces in ground combat”.
From Inside the Tank
The armored forces use all the systems inside the tank to direct the air crew members to the accurate waypoint to attack.
“Our goal was to assist the forces on the ground”, explained the designer of the training exercise, Captain Daniel from the “Hornet” Squadron which operates “Apache Longbow” helicopters.
“For us, the difference between an infantry movements and an armored forces is the progress pace of the forces, the way we see them from above and the means they use to direct our forces”.