IAF Commander: “It is a great source of pride that you can trust the people, and it is an unfathomable source of power”
Throughout the operation, IAF aircraft attacked over 1500 terrorist targets
The IAF investigated the various aspects of battle The IAF is investigating operation “Iron Dome”, which concluded with 1500 aerial attacks. IAF Commander: “The next battle will be more challenging”
Commanders of the force congregated this week in order to hold an extensive debrief on operation “Pillar of Defense”, extract lessons learned and prepare for the next battle. They began with an intelligence overview, in which Head of the Research Division at the Intelligence Branch presented the current situation in the Gaza Strip after the operation and the consequences of harm done to the Hamas’s fire formation.
Afterward, the commanders were presented with the conclusions of the operations division, which investigated all aspects of aerial battle as it relates to cooperation, continuity of intelligence gathering and attacks throughout the eight days. Head of the division noted that throughout the operation, new, noteworthy capabilities were integrated, which affected its accomplishments.
Head of the Research Division at the Intelligence Formation surveyed the varying threats in the Gaza Strip, threats that the IAF is required to prepare for. “The Gaza of today is not the Gaza of three years ago”, he stressed. “Terror organizations, for example, aspired to bring forward a good picture of knocking down an IAF aircraft”.
99% Success Rate in Launcher Location
Colonel Zvika Haimovich, Commander of the Aerial Defense Wing at the Aerial Defense Formation, discussed the successes of the system that held most of the attention during the operation. “The preparedness of “Iron Dome” was very good”, he said. “A part of the capabilities were only practiced a week earlier, as a part of the AC exercise together with the U.S, and were already implemented in the operation. The formation succeeded in the goals we had set for it and was able to deal with double figured barrages, which challenged both the system and the fighters”.
No doubt that the “Iron Dome” system changed the face of the battle, and allowed a range of activity to the attack formation of the IAF. Citizens were also notified of over 99% of the 1000 rockets fired toward our rear, which is unprecedented”.
IAF Commander: “We must implement lessons learned rapidly”
At the end of the investigation, Major General Amir Eshel noted that the IAF aspects of the operation were successful, but that force mustn’t bask in its success. The next battle is expected to be different and significantly more challenging. Therefore, we must investigate quickly, extract the lessons and implement them rapidly and efficiently.
Additionally, Commander of the IAF expressed gratitude to all those who took part in operation “Pillar of Defense”. “It is a great source of pride that you can trust the people, and it is an unfathomable source of power”, he said to the commanders of the force. “I am conveying to you the sense of security and trust felt by the government rank”.