Posts Tagged ‘Tanks’
Next week, at the international defense and security industry trade show Eurosatory, Elbit will unveil IronVision, the first Helmet Mounted Display (HMS) designed for the crews of armored vehicles. IronVision is a 360-degree panoramic situational awareness system, part of Elbit’s See-Through Armor (STA) architecture, that enables tank and infantry crewmen to “see-through” their vehicle’s armor in real-time, creating a clear and complete visualization of the battlefield, even when the hatches are down.
IronVision’s 360-degree, high-resolution imagery is projected in full color and zero latency to the wearer’s visor, offering a bright and vivid display of the surroundings in both day and night and all types of weather.
The new HMS is based on the proven sensors and system architecture that is already integrated with thousands of fixed and rotary-wing aircraft systems that are already in use by most modern air forces worldwide. IronVision incorporates advanced See-Through Armor (STA) technology that lets the wearers obtain full, real-time, Situational Awareness (SA) and locate, identify and track enemy targets.
Through its user-friendly interface, IronVision leverages the digital infrastructure of the vehicle by seamlessly integrating STA technology with existing C4I and warning systems, which creates a powerful cognitive simplifier for the commander, enabling him to make complex situation-dependent decisions in split seconds, and also leads to more freedom and fewer distractions for the driver.
For the second day in a row, Gaza terrorists opened fire at IDF soldiers operating Wednesday morning near Israel’s southern border with the region.
The soldiers were carrying out routine activities along the security fence bordering southern Gaza when they were targeted by a mortar shell from across the border.
No injuries were reported.
IDF soldiers responded with tank fire aimed at the suspected area of terrorist activity, hitting a Hamas terrorist observation post, according to the Hebrew-language Ynet site.
On Tuesday, Gaza terrorists fired at IDF soldiers and engineers working on the security fence along the northern Gaza border near Nahal Oz. At least one military vehicle was damaged, but no soldiers were injured in the attack.Hana Levi Julian
The IDF is testing out a new initiative to improve battlefield performance and integration, according to the IDF blog.
Commanders in infantry units, starting with paratroopers — noted for their distinct red boots, have been undergoing tank training, teaching them how to both operate and command a tank.
The operational goal is for infantry commanders to better understand the workings, capabilities and tactical usage of tanks, so they can better deploy and utilize their services in the field.
During Operation Protective Edge, infantry troops and armored units worked closely together in Gaza, and the IDF hopes that a better understanding of the other unit’s tools, weapons, capabilities and tactics will increase battlefield performance even further.
The IDF has been running similar programs for IDF infantry officers with the Air Force and Navy — resulting in more accurate and more effective use of the Air Force and Navy’s tactical capabilities on the battlefield.
If the infantry-tank pilot program is successful with the paratroopers, it will be extended to all the infantry units.Jewish Press News Briefs
Iran claims to have foiled a sabotage attack on tanks used to transport “heavy water” – a key component in nuclear reactors.
Asghar Zarian, deputy head of the nuclear division of the Iranian government was quoted Thursday by the independent Arman daily newspaper saying that discovery of the sabotage attempt took place “in recent weeks.”
Although he did not reveal specific details about the site of the attack, nor when it occurred, Zarian said the incident highlighted the issue of safety at nuclear power plants in the country.
The head of the nation’s Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi said the industrial sabotage attempt underscored the need to preserve equipment and technologies in all areas of nuclear fuel production plants.
Salehi added that as in the past with the Stuxnet virus attack, the sabotage attempt led to a good lesson for the country. Iran’s nuclear industry would deal with this phenomenon and raise safety standards at its nuclear power plants, as it did in the wake of the past attack as well, he said.Hana Levi Julian
Lines of tanks, armored personnel carriers and jeeps are moving along roads that were carefully paved smooth earlier this year.
Thousands of IDF soldiers already toting their gear are ready, seated in trucks and APCS, patiently waiting for orders that will decide their actions.
But for now, they’re still in waiting mode. The orders haven’t yet been issued – they’re only getting into position – everyone’s just moving south to the border with Gaza.
Disc jockeys and talk show hosts on Army Radio have that manic quality in their voices as they strain with extra effort to be especially funny in routines that have a sharper edge than usual.
The music is jumpier, punchier. No information that could let you know what’s really going on. Standard procedure for the State of Israel in high-tension security mode.
It would be smart for Gaza terrorists to rethink their actions, if they’re thinking clearly at all. Now is a good time to consider their families, if they ever consider anyone.
The requisite warning to Hamas went out. They know the steps to the dance. No fools they, the entire leadership of that terrorist organization went underground at least 48 hours ago. No bellicose statements issued from Ismail Haniyeh since the beginning of the week. He’s hiding from Israeli fighter pilots and air strikes, content to let Gaza families pay the price for his belligerence when Israel is forced to bomb rocket launchers buried up against their homes.
In that way, he’s not much different from Hezbollah terrorist chief Hassan Nasrallah, who has been in hiding for years, since the 2006 Second Lebanon War, for similar reasons.
But the rocket fire continues, and it will soon have to be silenced one way or the other. The price for leaving it is getting too high. Tens of thousands of Israeli civilians cannot sleep at night, cannot function by day. Too many children are growing up damaged. It’s approaching the time to put the matter to rest.Hana Levi Julian
Air strikes by the Israeli Air Forces left 10 Syrian soldiers dead, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The strikes came in the wake of an attack by the Syrian Army yesterday that killed a 13 year old Israeli boy and wounded three Israeli civilians, including the boy’s father.
At least two tanks and two artillery batteries were destroyed in the Israeli air strike. Nine missiles were fired by Israeli jet fighters in the attack, the IDF said in a statement to media. “The IDF targeted nine Syrian army positions in response to the earlier attack that originated in Syria killing an Israeli teenager and injuring two other Israeli civilians,” an army spokesperson said.
The Israelis included two contractors who were working on the security fence in the Golan Heights on Israel’s northern border at the time of the attack. The attack occurred near Tel Hazeka, just south of Kuneitra, near the central Golan Heights.
Israeli tanks returned fire shortly after the civilians were wounded, aiming at Kuneitra, which is under Syria’s control.Hana Levi Julian