Changes to the previous “page”: John “iron dome” on the moments with your finger on the interception

סוללת “כיפת ברזל”. צילום ארכיון: דובר צה”ל

Lt. Col. Gilad Byrne, who commanded the batteries as needed by more than 400
During the operation, a number of interview on the capzzot all corners of the country and emphasizes our ability “to deal with the threat of the improved

תאריך: 19/11/2013, 15:49    
מחבר: צחי בירן ואלעד הלפרין, אתר צה”ל

שנה למבצע עמוד ענן
,
הגנ”א

Changes to the previous “page”: John “iron dome” on the moments with your finger on the interception

Pastoral agricultural field near Ashkelon and at its heart is the “iron dome” Launcher “– shows that for one and a half years since the debut of interception of active defense system almost seems natural. A year after operation “pillar”, which was especially young weapon system we meet the battalion commander, Lt. Col. Gilad Byrne, a special interview about past, present and future.

Lieutenant Colonel Byrne stresses that operation pillar found the battalion commanders and troops are ready in may
Once. “The operation began after several rounds of debate, including interceptions of successful ה’כיפה.
We prepared ourselves for the big showdown, in many aspects, such as weaponry and character (weapons and military tactics – in Czech), “said adding that” we had a feeling able and willing. We were prepared for surprises because Gaza, active defence aspects “.

The Regiment, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Byrne, broader sector in the South of the country with four iron dome batteries and charge detection and warning, extremity “routes” – helps the HFC in providing
Warnings to the population. Second battery became operational impediment during the operation, and she
This is finally a successful interceptions of rockets aimed at Israel, a few hours after posting.

 

Changes to the previous “page”: John “iron dome” on the moments with your finger on the interception

Lieutenant Colonel Byrne. “Such systems even small correction could change a lot.”

The iron dome unit commander told us about the hasty establishment of fifth battery while fighting. “The directive to examine factors
The option to build a second battery when its shachlim were still in the industry (security key it industries-CB). I took a battery Commander, we’ve worked together a long time and he was in school, “told and added in typical intercepted a” metaphor “en route to duty with another, sat him down and told him:” you have 48 hours to establish a new battery and place it in Gush Dan.

He arrived many reservists that were appearing. “Suddenly I see guys not long released, reporting
In the unit. Real streaming of photo-fighters, technicians and drivers. 
The air carried the feeling of a general mobilization in favor of the deal – also the reserve aspect, when Meg the whole system giving optimum support to the activities of the unit, “said Lieutenant Colonel.

At the same time, the regiment carried out very fast, with the support of industries and air defense, and transferred to the reserve personnel briefings. “They are very young and not even tolerate the spirit of citizenship, and when I went into the control room control centre could be confused for a moment and think.
I went to a regular battery charger, the battalion commander. He later said that he had “a very full confidence these guys and they are indeed carried out their mission successfully. When performed the first interception before sending direct to Dan felt a strong sense of satisfaction.
It is important to note that there’s really no time for fightin’ feelings like that, and when it’s over, you think about what you did, “explained Lieutenant Colonel.

“No decisions are accepted them way back.”

When iron dome battalion, pillar was a significant milestone in the service. “Me as Meg, pillar was undoubtedly the highlight of the military services to here,” said the battalion commander, adding that “it was a successful implementation of a mission and operational control of many soldiers in large space: North Dan to beer
7 – this is not a routine Magic Quadrant, let alone in combat – and during the fighting there never been site, activated it at any point.

Lieutenant Colonel Byrne and stresses that forever will not be 100 percent successful air defense systems, and a moment’s lack of success, he said, is one of the events that was burned
From his operation. “I was on my way to the site of the battery to protect inter alia on Kiryat Malachi and I hear reports about a very difficult event in town. The first report of a problem can just intercept after it reported in the media on a direct hit at home. A few
Minutes later updated casualties have soul “, described the Majles.

He later met with the central staff Control Panel in front of the screens, and the technical staff that handles now. They already knew the outcome of very difficult. “It is not easy – was
You an assignment and a product of the lack of success is deadly. A few minutes later, there was another volley and oiled machine work – they had no time to recover from.
People moved on and faced the next event which is really not easy, “said. Lieutenant Colonel Byrne told his men that “sligot (success in intercepting a target threatened – in Czech) Sligot, will have to face it. ” According to him, the success of an event and the ability to overcome and move on – is the real test.

More special coverage:

That changed the South.
Electronic shadows war behind the operation.

After all was done in operation research by teams, both in terms of operation
And technical aspects, and a lot of insights cost while later and internalized. “The technology-intensive systems that have a lot of components. Small patch which could change a lot. Also, while fighting the changes were operational procedures operational help us further, “Lieutenant Colonel shared. “Flexibility is very important in the army”, he added.

Even a year after Lieutenant Colonel Byrne emphasizes that he felt a lot of pride. “I have the privilege, honor and pleasure to command a bunch of warriors and martial supporters – from the youth of society – their role in operations and conditions.
I look at these young guys very, very heavy responsibility on my shoulders, “said the Majles.

In the end, battery Commander, 26, is the almost exclusive to rocket. “Officers.
Tech. who are forced to make decisions of when to stop and repair the system component or to continue fighting while taking calculated risk – should be very critical decisions within a very short time. The difference of the ground fighting or dealing with aircraft – here receiving a decision shortly, and there is no turning back, “explained Lieutenant Colonel Byrne on the complexity of the job.

Procedure: no

Asked about the very complex procedure that iron dome unit works
— Changing the zone defense and jump of the South, or North Central, based on the popular mode system. “That is something that every man needs and difficult to deal with situations of uncertainty,” said Lieutenant Colonel. “The solution lies in an open dialog of controls with men on the situation – no words are too high — to explain the situation.
It’s easy to explain why in the middle of a vacation needs to deploy the battery instead of somewhere in the country or by the time we got there, saw need to suddenly switch to a site in the North,
The sharpened.

Who comes today to serve the iron dome see that happen to him sometime. “We’re talking about is already in training. The base values of the IDF central command, as example – are the basis for this. A soldier can see his most senior commanders are with him in the field in any corner of the country, on Friday afternoon – it is necessary to specify “national scale. The battalion commander, said that although the service procedure is very complex, highly motivated to serve and to get a very high Commission.

Changes to the previous “page”: John “iron dome” on the moments with your finger on the interception

Rocket interception by “iron dome”. Photo Archive: the IDF spokesperson

Meanwhile, the Majles explained that he and his people are realizing in practice the expression ‘ protecting the House. “My family lives right here in the region that is threatened, and it affects. The interface with citizens in the iron dome is very clear and tangible, “he said.

About the present and the future, the battalion commander that the only challenges are expected to grow.
“Our ability to cope with Northern threat is better than a year ago.
We are preparing our people for the possibility of conflict – the Northern combat doctrine aspects and absorption, and of course it’s going to be a very complex and different “, Lieutenant Colonel.

The tasks that will face air defense are also expected to be affected by fluctuations in the Middle East. “In contrast to pillar, who was the threat materialize before the operation – this is a threat that has not yet been realized. I remember well the 2nd Lebanon war so I’m his and my people realize the heavy responsibility on our shoulders, “he concluded.

Translated from Hebrew

Source