IDF soldiers near Gaza border 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Amir Cohen)
There is a increasing chance for war on multiple fronts in 2011, according to
the IDF’s new multi-year plan, called Halamish, which is in the final stages of
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The plan outlines Israel’s current strategic standing in the
Middle East amid the ongoing upheaval in the region and particularly the regime
change in Egypt and the impact it will have on the IDF and its
The plan, which will cover at least five years, is not expected
to include major changes due to the Egyptian developments.
plan, Israel will increase the number of Arrow interceptors it currently has in
its arsenal and begin to receive the first battery of David’s Sling – made to
intercept medium-range missiles – by 2013.
The IDF is also working with
Rafael about the possibility of moving up the planned delivery of a third
battery of Iron Dome to the end of 2011. Another three will be delivered by the
end of 2012.
The threats that Israel will face over the coming years are
topped by Iran and followed by Hezbollah and Syria and Hamas in the Gaza
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In new systems, the IDF will continue to move forward with the
procurement of the Namer armored personnel carrier based on the Merkava Mk 4
tank, as well as new capabilities for infantry battalions aimed at making
soldiers more lethal in combat.
The Artillery Corps is looking to
increase the number of MLRS batteries it operates and has deployed in the Golan
Heights. The MLRS is a multiple launch rocket system that has an extended range,
high lethality and extremely accurate and high level of accuracy.
the coming year, the IDF will also finalize a new multi-year plan aimed at
setting up a defense for critical military infrastructure that could be exposed
to future cyber attacks from countries like Iran which are believed to be
working to achieve such capabilities.
In the coming months, Chief of
General Staff Lt.- Gen. Benny Gantz will need to decide if the Israel Navy will
receive a budget to purchase two new missile ships.
The procurement of
the ships was approved in 2007 ahead of the outgoing multi-year plan, but due to
the soaring cost of the ship in the US the IDF postponed the
Now the navy is looking into the possibility of building the
two new ships at Israel Shipyards in Haifa, according to a German design.
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