This week, the IDF practiced its plans for the war against Hezbollah in the northern arena and completed the procedure for fighting the war in the northern arena. A senior military official explained that “the purpose of the exercise is to improve the army’s offensive capability, ground maneuverability and airstrikes. The source added: “We have completed and updated our operational plans for the war in the north.”
Deadly Arrow Exercise Summary (Credit: IDF Spokesman)
Scenarios prepared for them by the IDF: Thousands of rockets fired at Israel from Lebanon and Gaza, but also from other countries in which pro-Iranian militias operate in Syria and Iraq. Territory in Israel, it will be for a very short time and in any case the IDF will also operate in Lebanon at the same time.
A battalion commander receives an attack from a fighter jet within a few minutes after identifying and requesting assistance. “The village that the Nahal Brigade occupied in the exercise was attacked from the air before the forces entered it, to an extent that increased its output three times from 50-6 targets to 150 targets in this week’s exercise,” said a senior military source.
The large exercise ended after five days of training and examined the IDF’s operative plans for war, with an emphasis on the northern arena against Hezbollah in Lebanon. In the past year, about two weeks ago, the chief of staff approved the army’s operational plans for the war in Lebanon.
The exercise practiced fighting in several other arenas such as Gaza and also events that took place on the border with Syria in the Golan Heights, but the main focus was on Hezbollah in Lebanon. At the same time, unlike previous wars, the IDF also practiced the scenarios of steep-track missiles and cruise missiles fired at Israel from other countries.
Lethal Arrow Exercise (Photo: IDF Spokesman)
“The scenario was worse, it also included fighting with Gaza and proxy elements, Iranian emissaries, from countries that do not border with us, but the focus from Lebanon. Israel, “a military source described.
In the exercise, the war breaks out against Hezbollah after, following a tension, a battle day ensues, after which the broad confrontation breaks out. It is estimated that in the early stages, Hezbollah will try to infiltrate Israeli territory and occupy territories, mainly in order to achieve conscious achievements. IDF maneuvering brigades such as the Nahal Brigade, for example, which practiced this week are under its command and in parallel with the offensive missions against Hezbollah villages at the front, forces from the brigade will also fight in Israeli territory to quickly restore the situation, after eliminating Hezbollah forces that infiltrated Israeli territory.
In any case, the IDF estimates that even if Hezbollah succeeds in taking control of territory in Israel, it will last a very short time. For missions in Israeli territory in an attempt to take over IDF settlements or outposts and achieve an important conscious achievement.
A deadly arrow exercise is the only General Staff exercise held this year, after the outbreak of the corona plague also hit the IDF training program, which had to cancel some of its exercises. The exercise practices all IDF headquarters in a joint discourse of the headquarters from the General Staff, the Spatial Commands, the Air Force, the Navy, the Intelligence, the Information Technology and the Logistics.
Simultaneously with the exercise and in accordance with its scenarios, the Air Force and the Navy conducted a large military exercise, as well as other auxiliary formations. In addition, an exercise was conducted this week for Division 162 according to the scenarios of the General Staff exercise, the multidimensional unit (ghost) and the commando brigade. .
Up to this stage, no cases of infection during the exercise are known, although the IDF takes into account that more cases of the exercise may be discovered in the coming days. In order to comply with the established guidelines, the IDF took additional steps A break between the changing shifts, which was used to clean the ventilation and purify the Knesset, so that there was no contact between the various capsules and the overlap was done remotely.
In the 162nd Division, about seventy-five percent of the division’s reservists showed up for the exercise, and the IDF expressed satisfaction with the enlistment data, and encouraged the commanders to be attentive to reservists with families and young children who would seek release because of their dependence on the Corona Fund.
The division headquarters operated from twenty Chamal rooms compared to ten usually to prevent overcrowding and using technological means, mainly cameras. During the exercise the red unit was activated for the first time, a new enemy day unit of the land arm, whose role is better than the enemy’s. .
The Air Force believes that the exercise, along with other actions taken in the past year, have greatly strengthened the connection between the Air Force and the Army in conducting the battle. The IDF anticipates that in the next war it will be a very big challenge to protect the country’s skies and observers that beyond the missiles and enemy rockets from various arenas, cruise missiles and unmanned aircraft will also be used.
In this context, the possibility of threats against Israel by pro-Iranian forces operating on Syrian and Iraqi soil and possibly even long-range missile fire from Iran itself was also taken into account. The mighty plane was also incorporated during the exercise, and the Air Force claims that its integration into the IDF’s operational plans for war already shows an operational leap forward.
The IDF’s multidimensional unit (Ghost Unit), for the first time, practiced unit training in a northern outline. And the manner in which the cooperation between the land, the Air Force, the Intelligence and other forces is carried out.
Its size is similar to the size of a battalion, but due to the means at its disposal, and the fact that the number of officers assisting from intelligence to the Air Force is particularly large, the fire center of this unit, the IDF claims, has the capabilities of a divisional fire center. Similar to a Lebanese village and the assessment that due to the special capabilities of a ghost unit, the unit’s output in the exercise was twice as large as the enemy’s hit than any other battalion in the IDF.
The unit that employs advanced means that enable better effective integration between the fighters and the air forces combined with intelligence and ICT personnel is unique, but the IDF emphasizes the importance of using this unit to develop similar and advanced capabilities in the IDF’s regular brigades, even with limited resources. More.
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