The Patriot Division Prepares for Future Threats

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Photo courtesy of Guy Ashash

The Patriot Division Prepares for Future Threats

They were tested on airplane detection for the purposes of interception, quick deployment of the battery and operation of the early warning detection systems

Photo courtesy of Guy Ashash

The soldiers who operate the Patriot Missile battery stationed in southern Israel went out on a complex training exercise that tested their readiness in the face of threats on the southern front. The division, which mostly worked on intercepting enemy planes, had to adjust itself to tomorrow’s missions: hostile UAVs and hang gliders

Naomi Tzoref

Soldiers operating the Patriot Missile battery stationed in southern Israel took part in a training exercise. They were tested on airplane detection for the purposes of interception, quick deployment of the battery and operation of the early warning detection systems, which serve the different needs of the force.
“In the training exercise, they tested our readiness and the level of control and operation of the weapons by simulating the operational routine”, explains First Lieutenant Omer Eidal, Operations Officer of the battery.

The Patriot Division prides itself on its long history of protecting the skies above Israel, but with the developments of the battlefield, the division must adjust itself to the challenges of tomorrow. “The Patriot Division is an inseparable part of the IAF’s response and its soldiers are talented enough to stop fighter jets, small planes, UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), cruise missiles and rockets”, said Colonel Hemi Barel, commander of the “Sky Defense” Branch, in charge of the Patriot Division. “But on the modern warfront, the main threat comes from hostile UAVs and hang gliders”.

The soldiers of the Patriot Division work all the time and are deployed to all defensive fronts of the force and are responsible for working quickly against a wide variety of threats with the help of advanced technological resources.
“We are ready 24 hours a day to deal with every threat, regardless of how likely it may be”, says Colonel Barel. “There is a high level of communication between the different divisions in the force”.

 

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