Center: Base practices coming under missile attack

Drill reflects IDF assessment that in next round of fighting, Hezbollah will direct attacks at military nerve centers deep in Israel.

November 5, 2012 01:52
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Hezbollah rocket launcher

Hezbollah rocket launcher 311 (R). (photo credit: Reuters)


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A strategically vital military base in the central region completed a drill in recent days aimed at maintaining operations while coming under heavy missile fire.

The drill reflects the IDF’s assessment that in the next round of fighting with Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shi’ite terrorist organization will direct missile and rocket attacks at military nerve centers deep inside Israel. The exercise took place at the Maintenance and Restoration Center at Tel Hashomer base near Ramat Gan, where Merkava 4 tanks and other armored vehicles are manufactured and repaired.

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“The aim was to allow a forum of commanders under the IDF’s Technology and Logistics Branch to... maintain functional continuity,” the IDF Spokesman Office said. The drill was led by the head of Technology and Logistics Branch, Maj.-Gen. Kobi Barak, who was joined by 150 senior officers.

The officers received a morning briefing on threats to the IDF’s bases inside Israel. The officers then learned how every part of the base is supposed to carry on operations despite being under missile attack. Arms depots, armament production centers, and soldiers who deal with hazardous chemicals have all been drilled on how to proceed under heavy missile fire.

The officers then simulated a barrage of rockets falling on the base, and practiced putting out fires with the help of a firefighting plane. Trucks carrying vital equipment were sent out of the base.

“The first step in maintaining continuous functionality is to be aware of the threat, but not to reach paralysis,” Barak told his officers. “The threat is widespread, and it can befall all of the Technology and Logistical Branch’s bases, including those in central Israel,” he added.

He stressed that displays of leadership by commanders were key in dealing with the threat. That included dealing with casualties and ordering units that sustained casualties to get back to work. Barak said. “The key is functioning under fire,” he added.

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