New training methods, improved working tools, better serving conditions and upgraded facilities – project “Lift” will strengthen the IAF’s technical division and increase soldiers motivation to serve
IAF’s Technical Division includes most of the force’s manpower, and for a good reason: no sortie, interception or any other mission can be carried out without maintenance work in routine and in times of emergency. The technical division is built on its human assets and is facing an overall upgrading process.
“The technical division is strong and professional, but over the years, issues like the wellbeing of the soldiers, training processes and ongoing work took a back seat in favor of operation-oriented readiness”, confesses Colonel Oded, Head of Aircraft Section in the Materiel Directorate and the leader of the project. “Project ‘Lift’ basically incorporates many ongoing process and newly added ones. The ultimate goal is to close all the gaps in the division in the next few years, so that the work conditions will befit the effort put by the soldiers”.
From New Overalls to New Simulator
The project’s object is the strengthen the foundations of the division, its efficiency and the motivation for serving in it. The implementation of the program is expected to last for three years, during which working and wellbeing infrastructures will be upgraded, new training methods such as tablets and a first-of-its-kind F-16 technician simulator will come into use and serving conditions will be improved. In addition, the technicians’ working overalls will be replaced with new ones, as well as some of the frequently used working tools.
The results, so predict the leaders of the project, will affect the contentment of the soldiers, improve operational readiness, reduce dropout of soldiers and decrease the number of human errors.