An IDF soldier on the Golan Heights 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy IDF)
The Armored Corps is set to add a reconnaissance company to each of its armored
battalions as part of its adaptation to the modern battlefield, a senior
military source revealed on Wednesday.
The changes come after “extensive
work at our headquarters” and are “aimed at maximizing our abilities,” the
Each company is to include a reconnaissance platoon, a
lookout platoon, and a mortar platoon, he added.
platoon is to be made up of soldiers who specialize in terrain, can identify
paths for forces to advance along, and direct units in the field, with an
emphasis on tanks.
This platoon is to move around in armored personnel
The lookout platoon is to focus on intelligence gathering, and
is to work with combat helicopters and radars. It is to travel in
The mortar platoon is to train in advanced artillery
capabilities, and is to travel in armored personnel carriers.
soldiers to join the units are to be drafted in November’s recruitment cycle,
and enlistment is to continue until November 2015.
It should take some 30
weeks to fully train the reconnaissance companies, he added.
Armored Corps is expected to play a dominant role in any ground maneuver. Its
force building steps are designed to prepare it for all possible scenarios, from
the current period, which IDF officials call “the war between wars” – the
inter-war period of covert clashes, intelligence gathering, and military force
build-up to a potential full-scale war.