How Do Helicopters Fly In An Area Filled With Artillery?

developing a skill that allows the forces to control what happens in the space above the ground where helicopters, UAVs, artillery shells, and other tools operate

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How Do Helicopters Fly In An Area Filled With Artillery?

Hercules planes airdropping equipment and supplies to soldiers on the ground

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How Do Helicopters Fly In An Area Filled With Artillery?

producing a combined, unified and safe battlefield

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The IAF and ground forces of the IDF have been developing a new skill that will upgrade the level of cooperation between the two sides and will produce a combined, unified and safe battlefield. Last month, soldiers from Armored Brigade trained alongside IAF aircrafts and tested their new skill

Shir Cohen

Over the past year, the IDF has been working on creating an effective and safe multi-branch battlefield, by developing a skill that allows the forces to control what happens in the space above the ground where helicopters, UAVs, artillery shells and other tools operate. Last month, the Armored Forces, together with the IAF, practiced the basics of a new skill that will spread to all branches and warfronts.

The skill was developed in cooperation with the IAF, the Artillery Corps, ground forces and the Operations Division and recently received approval from IAF Commander, Major General Amir Eshel. During the training, the soldiers of the Armored Division practiced a scenario deep in enemy territory, in which they were not able to receive logistical assistance by land. To this end, IAF transport helicopters assisted in evacuating wounded soldiers and Hercules planes airdropped equipment and supplies to soldiers on the ground, while UAVs assisted the combat soldiers in providing intelligence. “In such a scenario, all parties must know how to synchronize the helicopters in their air and the UAVs and in addition synchronize the tanks fire”, explains Major Uri from the Cooperation Unit, head of the Ground Exercises Department.

During the exercise in a complex, wide-range sortie operation, Special Forces landed in enemy territory with the help of the soldiers of the Armored Division. In an operation that is this complex, aerial support officers of the division have to plan the sortie operation and work closely with IAF soldiers. “In this intense exercise, the need arose for complex coordination and synchronization”, stresses Major Uri. “We will continue to develop the skills to succeed and to strengthen cooperation at the moment of truth”.

 

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