Palmachim Day Tour

Chief of Staff of the Swiss army and Brigadier General Doron Gavish, Commander of the Israeli Aerial Defense Formation Palmachim Day Tour

Visiting the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron Palmachim Day Tour Palmachim Day Tour

Visiting the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron Palmachim Day Tour

Chief of Staff of the Swiss army- signing the visitors’ book of “Shield Administration General André Blattmann, Chief of Staff of the Swiss Armed Forces, has arrived for his first visit to Israel. He met with the Minister of Defense, visited “Yad Vashem” Holocaust Memorial Remembrance Authority and found time for his first encounter with the IAF

Karen Tocatly and Mai Efrat

Joined by his entourage, the Chief of Staff of the Military of Switzerland arrived for a visit to “Palmachim” Airbase. First, he toured an UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) squadron in order to get to know the IAF UAV Formation. General Blattmann was granted a close up look at the “Shoval” UAV and even witnessed a take-off.

“As you can hear, or more correctly cannot hear, this UAV is extremely discreet”, explained Major Gil, Deputy Commander of the Squadron. The Chief of Staff, on his part, was interested in the planes’ ranges, the various systems and creation of wide-range intelligence imaging.

Befitting for someone who began his way in the Antiaircraft Formation, the Chief of Staff also arrived to the “Sword Shield” Unit, which operates the “Arrow” system.

Brigadier General Doron Gavish, Commander of Aerial Defense forces, welcomed General Blattmann and described the changes the formation has gone through in the recent past.

“There’s a tremendous change in our environment and that alters the way we respond”, said Brigadier General Gavish, “We understand that technology is becoming more and more of a major component of combat. This is not like our old Antiaircraft Formation”.

After a description of the main capabilities and roles of the “Iron Dome” and “Arrow” systems, those in presence visited the Operational Room. The tour was capped with a ceremonial gift exchange, with General Blattmann leaving another memento for the unit as he signed the visitors’ book waiting at the entrance.

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