IDF tanks near Gaza 311.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
Fearing massive missile fire on main roads and bases in a future war with
Hizbullah and Syria, the IDF will in the near future test its ability to move
assets and platforms throughout the country and into enemy territory during a
The exercise, under the supervision of the army’s Technological
and Logistics Directorate, will include hundreds of vehicles and officers. Most
of the drill will be conducted in computerized simulations.
Hizbullah a message: Israel is ready
The IDF fights back
comes amid intensive IDF preparations for a possible war with Hizbullah in
Lebanon. The army is working under the assumption that most of the ground battle
will be fought in an urban setting, inside the 160 or so villages throughout
southern Lebanon where Hizbullah is believed to have hidden most of its military
Two weeks ago, the IDF for the first time declassified
evidence of Hizbullah’s growing presence inside the villages. Using the village
of el-Khiam – located 4 kilometers north of Israel – as an example, the IDF
showed extensive footage, videos and maps of homes that Hizbullah has taken over
and used to store weapons caches and establish command- and-control
According to a senior IDF officer, the military’s assumption is
that Hizbullah will target supply lines in a future war.
likely allow the [Israeli] military force to reach its target point and then
begin striking at the supply lines which the forces in the field will need to
secure,” the officer said on Wednesday, adding that this would require the IDF
to allocate unmanned aerial vehicles and attack helicopters to secure the supply
Hizbullah has heavily mined roads leading into southern Lebanese
villages, aware that the IDF ground offensive will include tanks and armored
As a result, the IDF will likely create combined
brigades – as it did during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip last year – that include infantry,
engineering and armored forces.
The army is also concerned with Hizbullah
and potentially Syrian missile fire on main roads inside Israel, in an
impair the transfer of military platforms – such as tanks, armored
carriers and artillery cannons – to the northern border from storage
the center of the country and the South.
As a result, the IDF has
reestablished the Transport Unit, which was dismantled following the
Lebanon War in 1982 and is responsible for directing military convoys
The unit liaisons with the Traffic Police and will, in a
future conflict, receive triple the amount of personnel that it has now,
as unmanned aerial vehicles that it could