- IDF’s 215th Division Drills for War with Hezbollah
by ANNA AHRONHEIM, https://www.jpost.com/
Hundreds of troops and reservists participated in a tactical drill in the Jordan Valley.
Troops from the IDF’s 215 Artillery Division have completed a week-long tactical drill simulating war on the Lebanese front using a new operational concept aimed at producing a higher level of effectiveness on the battlefield. Hundreds of troops as well as officers, commanders and reservists from the 402nd and 55th battalions participated in the tactical drill taking place in the Jordan Valley, which began on Sunday.
The level and size of the exercise is “something that has never happened before,” 402nd Battalion Commander Lt.-Col. Udi Amir told The Jerusalem Post. “One of the important parts of the drill is the new operational concept which will allow us to independently fulfill the mission.”
According to Amir, the division has been drilling on bettering their understanding and use of all the new cutting-edge weapon systems that the Artillery Corps has recently acquired such as high-caliber gun systems, remotely piloted aerial vehicles and new computer systems.
The new technology and operational concept allows the IDF to neutralize enemies within a fraction of the time that just a few years ago would have taken several minutes.
With all the new technology and systems, “it’s easier for us to destroy the enemy before they disappear,” he said. And while the battalion is drilling for possible war with Hezbollah in the North, they took part in the last round of violence between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip (Operation Black Belt).
“We know how to transfer what we learned from the southern front to the North,” Amir said. “We know how to use the technology which is very complicated and how to find our enemies.”