A new simulator, designed to strengthen the cooperation between the IAF and the IDF’s Ground forces has been established in Ze’elim Base. The simulator enables ground forces to train for operation of air support and simulate directing aircraft to targets

Yael Fuchs

A new ground simulator which enables ground forces to rehearse operation of aerial forces in a professional and comprehensive manner has been opened in Ze’elim Base. The simulator is the first of many expected to be positioned in Shivta Base, the Combat Intelligence Collection Corpse Academy and the IDF’s Officers Academy, a fact that promises that all IDF officers will undergo air power operation training. “The simulator simulates all types of fire power operation, from artillery to attack helicopters”, presented Maj. Avi Gross from Ze’elim. “We can operate in it like a platoon commander in the field and like a Brigade Commander in HQ”.

A New Cooperation Simulator Opened

Photography: Kirill Gayvoronskiy

The new simulator simulates enemy territory and includes communications and observation capabilities. Throughout the exercise, the trainee is required to direct an attack helicopter, which is operated by an instructor sitting behind him, to its target. The instructor faces a screen which displays the aircraft’s flight and must attack the target according to the data the trainee delivers, be they correct or not, in order to emphasize the importance of precision. In addition, the simulators have real-time connectivity capabilities, so they can “communicate” with each other.

A New Cooperation Simulator Opened

Photography: Kirill Gayvoronskiy

Passing it On
As part of the instructor’s training process, Ground Arm soldiers whose job is to instruct ground forces on the performance of real-time requests for air support, underwent a course prepared by the IAF’s Cooperation Unit. “We teach them how to request air support and they pass it on”, explained Capt. Josh, an officer in the unit and a “Yanshuf” (Blackhawk) pilot. “We don’t have the ability to reach every soldier and officer in the IDF, so we train delegates”.  The course is three days long and includes theoretical classes about the IAF, a visit to the “Magic Touch” Squadron, which operates “Peten” (AH-64A Apache) attack helicopters and training in advanced simulators. “In the new simulator, I function, among others things, as an attack helicopter”, shared Corporal Michael Klenner, a Fire Operation Instructor in the Artillery Corps. “The meeting with the pilots was important and necessary, it showed us their expectations and challenges. It allows us to convey the simulation in the most authentic and realistic way possible”.

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