the Technical Division of the IAF continues to accelerate the integration of new capabilities in addition to keeping the IAF in shape: During Operation “Protective Edge”, the Technical Division of the IAF continues to accelerate the integration of new capabilities in addition to keeping the IAF in shape: the “Hermes 900” has become operational and an F-16C/D has returned to the line of duty and is now fully operational. The IAF is already thinking ahead. “The soldiers of the Division have been working very well and with a high level of motivation”, says the Head of the Equipment Department
The Technical Division of the IAF continues its intense work in order to maintain the IAF’s capabilities and to keep it in even better shape. “The Aerial Defense Division is still deployed, the planes continue working and the process of the force-building has not stopped”, says Brigadier General Ran Bashwitz, Head of the Equipment Division. “There were very few divisions that flew less following the lull in fighting, but even in these cases, we used the time to carry out maintenance on the planes and to build up the potential to keep fighting”.
Working from A-Z
During the operation, the Technical Division providing support in the establishment of additional “Iron Dome” batteries and assisted in the integration of the “Hermes 900” UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) from “Elbit Systems” which performed its first operational duties during operation “Protective Edge”. “I spend a lot of time in the field and at IAF Headquarters and it is very impressive to see how technicians, reservists and soldiers performing mandatory military service, join forces and cooperate in order to complete the missions and to do so at a high level”, says Brigadier General Bashwitz.
Additionally, the division has accelerated the work of the technicians and allowed for the return to the line of duty of an F-16C/D as well as the Apache helicopter and other aircrafts. It has also brought new types of weapons and systems into use and assisted in the deployment of the force’s different units to areas outside of the airbases and is working in all areas in close cooperation with Operations Branch.
The Technical Division has to be ready not only for continued warfare in the Gaza Strip, but also for the days following the end of the campaign. “The soldiers of the Division are highly motivated, looking to initiate and to have some influence, even outside their specific field f expertise and they work very well”, adds the Head of the Equipment Department as he presents three major missions the division expects the day after the fighting ends. “The first mission will be to renew the stock of inventory we will have consumed. The second mission will be to address the gaps in maintenance of the aircrafts that will have accumulated because of the many missions they execute and we are already creating plans to do so”.
The third mission deals with force-building that has taken place during the operation, following the acceleration of the integration of the new capabilities. “We are currently integrating the new capabilities quickly, as part of the fighting, but the moment the fighting finishes, we will integrate these capabilities in a more organized fashion and we will prepare the appropriate infrastructure and we will do all that will be necessary to complete the integration”.