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Posts Tagged ‘Merkava’

IDF Decides ‘ No Women in the Tank Corps’

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Two classes of a new light infantry brigade, the “Lions of Jordan” has been recruited in recent months and is being assigned to guard the eastern border of the Jordan Rift Valley.

Similar to the Caracal Brigade that guards the Egyptian border, the “Lions of Jordan” are not expected to mobilize for war.

These units are comprised of female soldiers. Ten more such soldiers have joined the “Sky Riders” who operate unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in the artillery corps, and even as kashrut supervisors under the aegis of the IDF Rabbinate.

Statistically, 90 percent of IDF positions are open to women, including combat roles in the Navy, Home Front Command, Military Police in Judea and Samaria, and the Artillery Corps.

But in active combat roles – the “front line troops” – only five percent are comprise of females. And there have been protests about that, which forced the IDF to examine ways to broaden the field.

It’s taken a while for the army to make its decision but once made, the ruling is final: no women in the armored corps.

GOC Army Headquarters has been conducting a series of field tests over the past several months to determine whether, in fact, it would be useful or damaging to have women serve in tanks. The tests were conducted as part of the general IDF initiative to allow more women into combat units.

The trials, carried out in coordination with the Medical Corps, concluded with the decision that “integrating female soldiers into tanks was harmful,” a senior IDF officer told the Hebrew-language Ynet news site.

Among the difficulties identified in the tests were two major physical discrepancies between the women and men in tasks necessary within the combat compartment of the Merkava tank.

In addition, evaluators examined the level of intimacy required among soldiers who are forced to spend days at a time locked into a small cabin while on operational duty. The privacy of a female combat soldier could at times be severely compromised under such conditions, the IDF found.

Instead, the Army is reconsidering a past plan in which female combatants would be integrated into units which operate heavy equipment. Such combat engineers operate the armored D9 bulldozers while in enemy territory and during ground operations led by the Armored Corps and Infantry Divisions.

However, heavy equipment operators also are required to work for long periods, two at a time in cramped quarters, so this too is being scrutinized.

Hana Levi Julian

Lebanese Media Report Two IDF Tanks Crossed Border

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Two Israeli Merkava tanks crossed the electronic fence on the northern border and entered Lebanese territory Tuesday, the Lebanese-run National News Agency reported.

The IDF refused to confirm or deny the report, and military spokeswoman explained to The Jewish Press, “We do not comment on reports from foreign media.”

The Lebanese news agency claimed that the two tanks remained in Lebanese territory for approximately two hours before leaving.

It added, “At the same time, Israeli warplanes violated the Lebanese airspace over the central sector, while a reconnaissance aircraft flew over (the southern regions of) Bint Jbeil and Marjeyoun,” according to the same source.

Israeli helicopters reportedly flew over southern Lebanon near the border and fired flares.

The activity could be related to Israeli military drills in the area but also may be a reaction to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s boast on Monday when he took responsibility for a bomb explosion aimed at an IDF patrol last month.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israel’s ‘Trophy’ Defense for APCs Passes Tough US Army Test

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Israel’s “Trophy” defense system for General Dynamic’s LAV-III armored personnel has passed tough tests, including live fire under harsh terrain conditions in Canada, Israel Defense reported Tuesday.

The system withstood advanced anti-tank rocket fire, recoilless guns, short range fire and fire from different weapons simultaneously to verify the system’s functionality.

The Trophy system’s success in Israel has been proven on the IDF’s Merkava Mark IV tanks, which were deployed in Gaza during last year’s Pillar of Cloud counter-terrorist operation.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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