Gantz awards technological achievments 370.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesman)
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz awarded technological units for
excellence on Monday evening at military headquarters in Tel Aviv, for
breakthroughs that have significantly contributed to national
One of the men who received an award is a young officer from
the IDF’s Electronic Warfare Section, a part of the IDF’s C4i (Teleprocessing)
The officer’s commander, whose name is withheld, told The
before the ceremony on Monday that the work carried out by the
prize recipient has kept Israel ahead of its enemies in the cat-and-mouse world
of electronic warfare.
“Electronic warfare involves attacking anything
you can imagine. Twenty years ago, it was a niche in the military.
both us and our enemies use countless advanced platforms produced by civilian
and military sectors,” he said.
“Today, you can buy on ebay
communications equipment that you once needed an industry to manufacture,” the
Israel’s adversaries have changed radically and now
include a range of states and non-state organizations which evolve quickly, he
“Today, organizations change every two years, and I need
technological people who can utilize what I have without throwing away equipment
I bought a year ago. Rather, they need to adapt it for now, and in a year, and
in two years’ time,” he continued.
In recent years, Israel’s enemies have
narrowed the technological gap with it, the source said. “The guy who is getting
the chief of staff’s award is a young, brilliant engineer, at the heart of
developments intended to provide us with an operational solution.
understands my operational needs, knows what systems he’s working with, and he
knows that new equipment can’t be bought. He takes existing systems and
understands our demands,” the commander said.
“He is really a classic
example of a young officer who has a big temptation to join a company outside –
no company would turn him down.
This is a new kind of Zionism,” the
“An engineer who can earn 17 times more in a cellphone
or hi-tech company, get better conditions and work less hours – you look at him
and see that Zionism is causing him to put on the uniform in the morning. He has
lightning in his eyes and wants to contribute to the security of the
“He’s in a job where he can’t blink for a minute. The minute you
do, the enemy overtakes you.”
Another prize recipient, Maj. O
(full name withheld), of the Defense Ministry’s Administration for the
Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure, developed the radar
system in use by the Iron Dome anti-rocket protection system.
entered the project at an early phase, and made a number of breakthroughs to
create one of the most advanced radar systems in the world.
continuous improvements to the system, while operating in an environment of
changing threats,” he told the Post
. “We’re always seeking to make
improvements...and the system is flexible to allow for these
Maj. O, who in the past developed the radar system for the
IDF’s Trophy protection system against anti-tank missiles, said receiving the
reward is a source “of a lot of pride.”
“There’s a lot of happiness among
my family and friends.
It’s a big honor,” he said.