IDF using new automated system for live fire combat drills

The system, dubbed "Safe Ground," has begun serving commanders planning war exercises around the country in recent months.

March 15, 2015 19:47
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IDF soilder prepares for battle. (photo credit: IDF)

The IDF has begun using a new automated system to allocate live fire drill zones to commanders, the army said Sunday.

The system, dubbed “Safe Ground,” has begun serving commanders planning war exercises around the country in recent months, and carries out several safety checks before issuing the required approvals, without the involvement of human operators.

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IDF control rooms will soon begin using the system, enabling them to have full command of all units taking part in drills. In case of a real security incident developing, officers will be able to stop just one part of the exercise in the affected area, rather than order an across-theboard halt of the drill, as is standard practice today.

Safe Ground allows the IDF to use a maximum amount of live fire drill grounds at the same time, the army added.

Until its introduction, a large number of military and civilian elements had to provide approvals before a live fire drill could go ahead. In what was often a long and difficult process, the sources had to check that the area was free of civilians or military units that could be harmed by the drill.

Training officers from IDF regional command had to visit multiple bases, and hold numerous phone calls before giving a planned drill the green light.

Brig.-Gen. Ami Vahnin, of the Ground Forces Technological Brigade, said the new computer system cuts out the red tape and ensures that all of the parties that are needed to plan an exercise are involved.

“The system can crosscheck different activities in the same geographic unit. Users can learn that there is military training or a [civilian] annual [school] trip in the area,” said Vahnin.

It also highlights past safety incidents and points of weakness in the area selected for training, he added, enabling better planning.

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