Rescuing Under Fire Rescuing Under Fire

The squadron returned to the Egyptian border Rescuing Under Fire

“It’s not every day that we practice evacuating casualties, assisting with reconnaissance and we have a group simulating the enemy” Rescuing Under Fire

“What is essential for us is to deal with surprise threats to the helicopters” The “Desert Birds” squadron trained in a series of exercises on self-defense and survival on all fronts under multiple threats. As part of the intense training, the squadron returned to the Egyptian border

Noa Fenigstein

When a terror attack occurred last October on the Israeli-Egyptian border, in which an officer and a soldier from the Caracal Battalion were injured, it was a “Black Hawk” helicopter from the “Desert Birds” squadron that was dispatched. Thanks to the quick response, their lives were saved.
This week, the squadron returned to the southern border as part of an intense training exercise, together with the medical force of the “Sagi” Regional Brigade. “Following the last event on the border, we decided to simulate the event and we are practicing evacuating casualties and attacks from the border”, explains Captain N’ from the “Desert Birds” squadron. The training included helicopters from the squadron and focused on surprise event in which they will have to plan the mission quickly and execute it under real threats. “It is also an exercise in dealing with an incident involving mass casualties, quick preparation and dealing with terrorist infiltration”, adds Captain N’.

“Simulating The Reality”

The southern scenario is part of a series of exercises on self-defense and survival that the “Desert Birds” squadron held and the squadron was confronted with extreme scenarios. “What is essential for us is to deal with surprise threats to the helicopters”, stresses Captain N’.

The exercise on survival included sleeping in the field and training for situations on all fronts, that is, the missions will be performed under a variety of threats, from surface-to-air missiles to attacks from the air. “It’s not every day that we practice evacuating casualties, assisting with reconnaissance and we have a group simulating the enemy”, adds Captain N’. “For two days, we have been practicing the core missions of the Assault Helicopter Division and we have been simulating the reality as vividly as possible”.

 

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