Making cooperation part of the routine
The long border between Israel and Egypt makes the job of the division more difficult As one of Israel’s longest borders, the Israeli-Egyptian border poses many challenges to the soldiers of the Edom Division. Last week, the division practiced emergency scenarios with the IAF.
Last week, the southernmost division in the IDF, the “Edom Division” trained its soldiers in dispatching the IAF in emergency scenarios. During the exercise, the soldiers in the division had to deal with challenges and strengthened ties with the IAF.
As part of the training, the soldiers of the division had to deal with scenarios on the border and even within Israeli territory. They dispatched UAVs to track suspects and simultaneously dispatched transport helicopters to evacuate “wounded” soldiers. “One of the main challenges that we encountered when providing the ground forces on the Israeli-Egyptian border with assistance was the enormous length of the border itself, which made mobility along the border all the more challenging”, explains an officer in the Cooperation Unit. “In such cases, we need IAF intervention, which can significantly reduce the response time. But even the force itself takes some time to respond and so it became necessary to work much more closely and make cooperation part of the routine”.
The southern front has remained quiet in recent decades. IDF soldiers have mostly dealt with criminal activities, such as smuggling or infiltration-anything that requires quick intervention for the purposes of managing chases or quick mobility to the scene of an incident. The IAF assists in challenges that go beyond the routine, which include chasing illegal infiltrators and reconnaissance. “One of the things that determine the time it takes the UAV to respond is the intelligence information available to the squadrons, as well as the information available to the division”, stresses the officer, himself a helicopter pilot. “That is to say, when there is a high level of intelligence preparation, the squadrons will be alert and the forces on the ground too, so that both of them will know simultaneously about the potential threat and can spring into action as quickly as possible”.