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Report: Frequent Injuries Force IDF to Ease Women’s Combat Requirements

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

The IDF has decided to change the service terms and training of women in the four mixed-sex combat battalions, CarCal, Bardales, Lions of Jordan and a fourth one yet to be named – due to the numerous injuries and falls experienced by combat women, Army Radio reported Wednesday.

One change will be extending women’s boot camp training by two weeks, simply to give them a chance to keep up with the men.

Also, women on combat missions will be carrying only four magazines, compared with the standard issue of six. The reason cited is multiple stress fractures combat women have been suffering.

Army Radio also reported that the mixed battalions will be relocated to their own boot camp base, apart from the rest of the infantry’s training facilities.

Meanwhile, the IDF is losing its rationale for encouraging women to join combat units, cutting men’s compulsory service down from 36 to 32 months, instituted by former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon (Likud). Ya’alon’s replacement, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beiteinu), on Tuesday announced that the IDF has given up that plan – he wants Israeli men to go back to serving the full three years.

According to the IDF, the shorter service, instituted mostly for economic reasons, made it impossible for the army to both prepare its special forces adequately and take advantage of their active service that follows.

The Defense Ministry will start negotiations soon with the Finance Ministry, according to Liberman, to extend the service back to what it was.

David Israel

Israel, Honduras Sign Agreement to Upgrade Bilateral, Security, Technological Ties

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Israel and Honduras signed a declaration on bilateral security cooperation on Thursday (Dec. 8), with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman inking the deal for the Jewish State, and his counterpart, Honduran Defense Minister Samuel Armando Reyes Rendon, signing for his nation.

The meeting came on the heels of talks held between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Honduran President Orlando Hernandez earlier in the day. The two leaders met in Jerusalem privately and then held an expanded meeting with ministers from both countries. Hernandez is on his second visit to Israel (his first was in October 2015).

Prime Minister Netanyahu told Honduran President Hernandez, “This is a great opportunity, a concrete progress of friendship for security, prosperity and peace.”

Pursuant to existing bilateral agreements regarding security cooperation and the protection of classified documents, the two sides decided to increase cooperation and tighten links.

The agreement includes cooperation on security equipment, training, reciprocal visits between defense ministries and joint projects on the transfer of technological information, all subject to the existing agreements.

It was also agreed to strengthen bilateral ties and cooperation in water, agricultural development and additional areas.

Hana Levi Julian

Elbit Reveals Virtual Reality Trainer for Emergency Scenarios

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Elbit Systems has showcased its Emergency Scenarios Virtual Reality Trainer (ESVRT) at the Tel Aviv HLS & Cyber 2016 this week. The new VR-based simulation trainer provides a realistic 3D virtual environment for training Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) to deal with a range of emergency scenarios, including ballistic missiles falling on an urban area, earthquake and disaster response, and search and rescue operations.

The ESVRT features virtual reality goggles, allowing visitors to experience virtually emergency scenarios as if they were part of an emergency response team and respond to challenging situations involving search and rescue of injured persons. Visitors will also be able to take part in the wearer’s experience, which will be projected on screens at the booth.

An important addition to the Company’s simulation training portfolio for home front forces, the new VR trainer further enhances simulation training capabilities and meets the evolving preparedness needs of military and civilian forces in emergency situations. The new system joins the Incident Command Team Training System (ICTTS) used for combined training of Israel’s home front command and ground force commanders in preparation for current and future security-related incidents, emergencies and threats. Elbit Systems has recently expanded ICTTS’ simulation capacities to allow addition of civil administration and municipality forces, who play a major role in emergency preparedness and decision-making.

The ICTTS simulator prepares designated emergency response teams and their headquarters for carrying out emergency operation plans in accordance with the municipality’s particular infrastructure and assets. The total training session is eight hours long, during which the participating trainees, including the mayor, carry out two major emergency scenarios as well as a range of related minor situations.

At the end of each training program, trainees are presented with a video-based reconstruction of events that includes the virtually generated threats that were operated in the different target areas, as well as the major challenges faced by the emergency forces and their responses. The reconstruction part of training consists of a presentation of sound recordings and video data collected from communications systems, and computer-generated animation of trainees’ responses to threats, including a comparison between perceived and actual operational conditions in the municipality.

Elbit Systems’ trainers provide advanced After Action Report (AAR) capabilities that allow trainees to evaluate, learn from and significantly improve their readiness for actual events.

JNi.Media

Lockheed Martin Picks Negev Base for F-35 Training

Monday, November 14th, 2016

The high cost of flying Lockheed Martin’s F-35 determines that at least 50% of the training on the stealth fighter be done in simulators, and Elbit Systems Ltd. has just won the tender to operate the F-35 new training center, to be built in the Nevatim airbase in the Nege desert, Globes reported Sunday. Construction of the new center will be completed in the coming year, in time for the arrival of the 33 F-35 Adir aircraft purchased by Israel.

Lockheed Martin said in a statement that over the past three decades, Elbit “has acquired a great deal of experience in trainers and simulators, and is a world leader in high-tech display. Its advanced systems are in operational use by leading armies around the world.”

A group of Israeli pilots are undergoing special training for the F-35 at a US Air Force base in Arizona. According to the Israeli Defense Ministry, F-35 related cooperation between Lockheed Martin and Israeli defense companies has reached $993 million. Elbit produces advanced pilot helmets for F-35 pilots; Israel Aerospace Industries produce the aircraft’s wings.

The F-35 Helmet Mounted Display (HMD), a joint venture between Elbit Systems and Rockwell Collins, provides critical flight information to the pilot throughout the entire mission.

JNi.Media

Ministerial Team Targets Personnel Shortage in High-Tech Sector

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will chair a ministerial team tasked with finding new ways to beef up the supply of personnel in the high-tech sector.

The team is to include Finance and Economy Minister Moshe Kahlon, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa Landver, and Science, Technology and Space Minister Ofir Akunis.

According to a release from the Prime Minister’s Office, Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky will also be a member.

Two goals are on the list: developing training for workers, engineers and technicians in Israel, and providing incentives for new immigrants to work in the high-tech sector.

“High-tech is a very important engine for growth and progress in the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said.

“There are highly qualified people in Jewish communities around the world, and we must do everything necessary to bring them to Israel.”

Hana Levi Julian

Report: Muslim Brotherhood Running ISIS Children’s Training Camp in Jordan

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Officially, the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS are critical of each other and have not been known to collaborate. But Majid al-Dabbas, reporting for Ammon News Wednesday, claims the Brotherhood is involved in running a training camp for “underage children” that teaches them “semi-ISIS” activities in Jordan.

The camp is allegedly located on the outskirts of Amman, and photographs on Ammon News show a group of young boys in the camp jumping over fire, doing pushups and crawling on the ground. Apparently the term “Semi-ISIS training” refers to combat training inspired by ISIS’ YouTube videos.

Photo credit: Ammon News

Photo credit: Ammon News

A Muslim Brotherhood leader named Zaki Bani Rushaid has denied the report affiliating his organization with the camp. He told Saraya News, “We stand to gain nothing from establishing such camps and it’s impossible that our group would carry out such actions.”

The Muslim Brotherhood is illegal in Jordan, having failed to renew their operating license as a party in keeping with a 2014 law regulating political parties in the kingdom. Earlier this year, the Jordanian government closed down the Brotherhood’s Amman offices. But the movement continues to enjoy a wide support in the dense refugee camps in the cities, and the Islamic Action Front (IAF), the Brotherhood’s political wing, is still legal and constitutes Jordan’s largest opposition party. In fact, after a six-year absence from parliamentary politics, the IAF plans to run in the country’s September elections.

Photo credit: Ammon News

Photo credit: Ammon News

Jordanian security forces have been employing harsh measures to locate and arrest what they believe are sleeper ISIS cells in the country’s refugee camps. Jordan is also engaged in ongoing monitoring and confronting ISIS forces across the Syrian border.

Blogger Eman Nabih points out that the link between the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS is no longer a speculation, as different Arab and Egyptian sources have revealed that the link between MB and ISIS is a reality. The two groups may focus on different Arab countries for the time being, but the ideological connection between them is clear, and, apparently, the operational ties are starting to be revealed.

David Israel

Watching IDF Training from a Drone

Monday, July 25th, 2016

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