(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
In preparation for future conflicts far from Israel, the IDF Paratroopers
Brigade is planning on holding its first exercise in close to two decades –
including the parachuting of the entire brigade.
The last time such a
drill was held was over 15 years ago, even though soldiers in the Paratroopers
Brigade, as well as some other units, continue to undergo parachuting training
on a regular basis.
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In military conflict, the IDF has not parachuted
large forces in a number of decades, but retaining the capability is believed to
be of extreme importance in the face of a potential future war with Syria, or
Hezbollah in Lebanon.
“During the Second Lebanon War in 2006, the IDF
used helicopters to transport soldiers deeper into Lebanon, something that could
be done instead by parachuting,” an IDF source said.
behind enemy lines might seem obsolete, it was still a skill IDF soldiers needed
to learn, a high-ranking IDF officer said Monday in response to public criticism
that military parachuting was archaic and outdated.
officers have explained, was a “means of transportation” just like a tank or a
“There are many means of transportation like tanks and helicopters
to get soldiers from one place to another,” the officer said. “But every normal
military, like the US and Britain, also use parachutes.”