Communication is an additional component in creating operational flexibility between the different forces, at headquarters and in the field How does the IAF multiply the encrypted communication channels and maintain continuous and simple communication between different units operating together during an intensive campaign? The Deputy Commander of the force’s Communication Battalion explains
The work of the IAF Communication Battalion remains largely unknown. Its job is to allow for continuous communication and the uninterrupted and quick flow of information between different IAF units. “We perform a large number of integrated missions in the activities of all the divisions in the force”, says Major Lior, Deputy Commander of the battalion. The missions of the unit are managed from the Aerial Defense School in southern Israel, but are performed all over the country and its soldiers are ready to go out to the field at any moment.
The battalion helps many divisions inside and outside of the IAF, as communication is an additional component in creating operational flexibility between the different forces, at headquarters and in the field. In fact, continuous communication among the systems, divisions and the different forces is a key element in the ability to maintain a level of readiness to execute missions. “Our soldiers are motivated and feel the weight of responsibility on their shoulders and work around the clock in defense and offense”.
The soldiers of the unit are also deployed to every “Iron Dome” battery, where communication between all the components of the battery and the different control centers is critical. “The soldiers are deployed to all the batteries. We even participated in setting up the new batteries during the last operation – ‘Protective Edge’”, stresses the Deputy Commander of the battalion.Another mission the unit performs during a campaign is assisting ground maneuvers.
The soldiers of the airborne communication division perform communication flights to help the ground effort. During their training, the soldiers learn to operate airborne transmission systems and avionics and their main job is to expand the range of reception using airborne platforms. The soldiers are also tasked with a variety of other missions during their routine and in times of emergency that are classified in nature.