IAF A-4, F-16 jets at Hatzerim_370.
(photo credit:Reuters/Amir Cohen)
The Israel Air Force’s Maintenance Unit won first place in the technological
category of the IDF chief of staff’s prize on Sunday, and was cited for its
creative production abilities, efficiency and cost-cutting measures.
unit restored a plane that had been written off as a total loss and brought it
back into service, an effort that resulted in massive savings for the IDF. The
unit also received praise for its work to promote Ethiopian officers.
ground forces’ Yiftah Unit, which develops technologies for emergencies and
routine situations, won the second-place prize.
“There are no limits to
the imagination in this unit, which acts a role model in this field,” a senior
IDF source said.
Third place was awarded to the IDF’s Maintenance and
Restoration Center, which produces Merkava 4 tanks, and maintains all of the
ground forces’ combat vehicles, firearms and telecommunications equipment at its
Tel Hashomer and Haifa sites, as well as on the battlefield.
won the prize due to its high-quality training of staff to function in
emergencies, which enabled technicians to successfully work in the South last
month when it was under fire from Gaza rockets.
The training places crews
under intense pressure in order to prepare them for conflicts. The center was
also lauded for coming up with a unique set of measures to identify dangerous
aspects of arms production and eliminate undesirable conditions, thereby
The measures are set to be adopted by other IDF
branches and major civilian corporations.
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