During this week, the IAF took part in a large-scale stationary drill which simulated a multi arena battle. In addition, the IAF operational headquarters has undergone its most significant inspection since its establishment
David Greenwald | Translation: Liran Ackerman
Back to the war room: During the past week, the IAF joined a large-scale IDF exercise with the goal of improving the readiness of the IAF headquarters to command a multi-arena scenario, during which the IDF high-ranking officers were trained for different battle scenarios. The exercise involved different IDF forces including the Navy, Operational Commands and the Intelligence Branch, which simulated the work regulations during operation. The training scenario included different battle scenarios in the North, in Gaza, and in other areas as well, as the situation changed as new information came in to the headquarters. This planned exercise was part of the training regimen for 2015, with its goal being to improve the readiness of the IDF for emergencies.
For the IAF, the exercise had a secondary purpose: during the training week, the operational headquarters had undergone an operational readiness inspection, considered to be the most significant test since its foundation a year ago. 150 high-ranking officers including several airbase commanders examined the soldier of the headquarters while they dealt with complex scenarios. “When developing something in the IAF, it is custom to have a long procedure in which we set our regulations until we reach a certain point where we finish the foundation stage. Today we are at that place”, says Lt. Col. R from the IAF Training Department.
The military exercise, which began on Sunday and ended on Thursday, also included the recruitment of many reservists and the assignment of many aircrew members in the operational squadrons. “There were also many challenges in the exercise, including strategic challenges that required unique tactics. The biggest challenge was the coordination between all of the different units of the IDF”, continued Lt. Col. R. “From my point of view, the exercise was a great success – we not only performed, but excelled, and we will continue to learn and improve”.