“Cooperation allows us to test the different viewpoints of the fighting doctrine against the existing capabilities and the actual performance. In most cases, we will suggest changes of approach depending on the results of the training exercise”,
“The goal was to practice intercepting hostile aircrafts attempting to infiltrate Israel borders” Special IAF cooperation: Fighter squadrons held a joint training exercise with the “Patriot” SAM batteries, in which they practiced intercepting hostile aircrafts. In the future, each airbase will have its own battery with which it will train regularly
Naomi Tzoref and David Greenwald
Fighter squadrons recently trained alongside the Northern Regional Control Unit and the “Patriot” SAM batteries. The goal was to practice intercepting hostile aircrafts attempting to infiltrate Israel borders. The exercise lasted four days and took place in an airfield that simulated northern Israel, in which the “Flying Dragon” (“Red squadron”) supposedly tried to be breach the northern border of Israel. The aircrews, the “Patriot” Division and the Control Division practice airstrikes as well as intercepting hostile UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). “We believe that that’s how the next war will look in the air”, explains Captain David, from the “Tip of the Spear” squadron, leader of the seminar. “Our goal is to set up a division that creates a nearly-impenetrable “dome of protection” above the skies of Israel, in which everyone knows what his job is and, no less importantly, what everyone else’s job is”.
Together We Fight
The importance of the exercise is obvious: just a week ago, a “Patriot” SAM battery intercepted a Syrian “Sukhoi-24” that breached Israeli airspace and a number of months ago, an unmanned aerial vehicle that breached that same front was intercepted. “Cooperation allows us to test the different viewpoints of the fighting doctrine against the existing capabilities and the actual performance. In most cases, we will suggest changes of approach depending on the results of the training exercise”, explained Lieutenant Colonel Roy, a commander of one of the battalions in the division. “Each of the firing units has distinct advantages and so we train together in a precise combination”, adds Captain Dor.
Coming Soon: Batteries For Each Airbase
The IAF is planning to deepen the ties between airbases in the force and the different batteries: each airbase will be accompanied by a battery for joint training sessions. “The recent interceptions in the north have shown us that there is no chance that the Surface-Air -Missile division and fighter jets won’t work together”, says Captain Dor. “We all understand that it is possible to try to breach Israeli airspace and so we have to be ready all the time”. The cooperation has another aspect of efficiency and security. “The combination of battle systems and SAM will allow for an effective interception in addition to protecting our jets”, explains the Battalion Commander.