Pilots Cooperate with Armored Corps

The “Defenders of the South” squadron entered the “cockpit” of the tank at night, at the height of a live-fire exercise

 

Pilots Cooperate with Armored Corps

“We want to improve the personal relationships between the two formation members and learn about each other’s strengths and weaknesses in order to assist one another Pilots Cooperate with Armored Corps

For one day, pilots turned in their flight overalls and stepped into the tank Pilots Cooperate with Armored Corps

“Each of the pilots sat by one of the tank division leaders; we experienced the tank up close” In a unique cooperation between two powerful formations of the IDF, combat pilots left their familiar F-16 aircraft for the day and entered the “cockpit” of a tank in the midst of a live-fire armored corps exercise. “Next time we operate with the armored corps, we will have a better concept of the situation they are in”

Yuval Tsuk

“Each of the pilots sat by one of the tank division leaders; we experienced the tank up close and worked side by side with its operators through rough and uncertain conditions, and the felt the complex power of controlling this sort of force. We also discovered the powerful fire of the tank, the amazing people of the armored corps. It was a great experience” says Lieutenant Colonel Matan, Commander of the “Defenders of the South” squadron as he describes the night in which the pilots exchanged their overalls for armored crops uniforms, entered the tank and participated in a live fire exercise in Ramat HaGolan.

The unique exercise was held thanks to ongoing cooperation between the northern “Ga’ash” formation and the northern squadron, and is destined to proceed with additional exercises and seminars. “We want to improve the personal relationships between the two formation members and learn about each other’s strengths and weaknesses in order to assist one another”, explains Lieutenant Colonel Matan. “We believe that strengthening and deepening the cooperation will turn out better out in time of need”.

The meeting between pilots and armored corps members is only one of many air and ground cooperation exercises held in order to strengthen the bond between the two. “The commitment made between aerial fighters to ground fighters will give us advantage out on the battlefield”, says Lieutenant Colonel Matan, “Next time we operate with the armored corps, we will have a better concept of the situations they are in”.

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