The Ordnance Corps

Photo by Guy Ashash

The Ordnance Corps

The factory is reinforced by dozens of reservists

Photo by Guy Ashash

The Ordnance Corps

“At any time there is enough weaponry to arm a whole fleet of planes”

Photo by Guy Ashash

The Ordnance Corps

At the munitions factory of the Hatzerim airbase, the soldiers produce the most advanced missiles day and night

Photo by Guy Ashash

At the munitions factory of the Hatzerim airbase, the soldiers produce the most advanced missiles day and night. Through hard physical labor and technological knowledge, the soldiers at the factory produce hundreds of bombs that allow the fighter squadrons to execute their missions. “We do the work behind the scenes, but the mission is everyone’s mission”

Noa Fenigstein

The F-15I squadron and the F-16I squadron from the Hatzerim airbase have carried out many airstrikes, interceptions and reconnaissance missions, as part of Operation “Protective Edge”. The advanced F-15s and F-16s carry advanced munitions and bombs, which allows them to execute targeted airstrikes with minimal harm to innocent civilians
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The missiles that are launched from the jets are vigorously assembled by weapons technicians from the maintenance squadron on base. At the munitions factory of the Hatzerim airbase, the soldiers work day and night, through a combination of hard labor and technological knowledge and the technicians have assembled thus far hundreds of missiles and the works continues round the clock.

“Actually, we are the source of all the ammunition of the squadrons. We deal with the bomb production process and we supply the squadrons with the bombs”, explains Major Nir Barka, one of the commanders of one of the Ordnance Divisions. “During an emergency, there is a certain uncertainty and so we have a surplus of munitions and at any time there is enough weaponry to arm a whole fleet of planes. We work like an assembly line, producing an infinite round of munitions”.

The Goal: Operational Flexibility

The munitions factory of the base works just like any other factory: the maintenance squadron manages the entire stock of munitions and the storage, attach the warhead and giving it an aerodynamic shape and even drag it to the underground hanger, with each soldier doing his own job and knowing exactly what to do. “The concept of a factory allows us to produce the munitions at a quick pace. We work like oiled machines and everyone knows what to do”, explains Captain Isaac Ibragimov, a munitions officer at the munitions factory. “A munitions factory that works well allows the squadrons operational flexibility. When you know how to deliver on time, you know the mission will be executed on time and that is critical”.

The munitions factory is reinforced by dozens of reservists, commissioned officers and soldiers performing mandatory military service, who have the execution of the mission on their mind at all times. “We feel a sense of great satisfaction and we know that at the end of the day, we help with the defense of the residents of the country”, said Sergeant Eliran Hakshur, a technician at the munitions factory. “As a resident of Beer Sheva, when I went home and there was a rocket alert, I wanted to go back to the base and help. We do the job behind the scenes but we know that the mission is everyone’s mission”.

 

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