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Recognizing that the next battles with Hizbullah and Hamas will be fought in
densely populated areas, the IDF is significantly increasing the number of urban
warfare centers it has to train troops for future complex operations.
Ground Forces Command recently approved plans to increase the number of urban
warfare training centers by 50 percent by the end of 2011. Currently, there are
about 15 different training centers scattered throughout the country, the
largest of which is located near the Tze’elim Base in the Negev.
the new centers will be built with underground sections so IDF troops
simulate the type of combined urban-tunnel warfare they would encounter
future war in southern Lebanon against Hizbullah or in the Gaza Strip
The Ground Forces Command has also decided that 25% of an infantry
soldier’s training is to be in urban warfare centers.
One example is a
mock Palestinian village the IDF is building at the Combat Engineer
base in the Negev that is modeled after urban areas in Gaza and Lebanon
the IDF believes, Hamas and Hizbullah have booby-trapped homes and built
underground passageways stretching dozens of kilometers.
In addition, at
the center near Tze’elim, the IDF is widening some of the roads that run
the mock Palestinian town to allow tanks to also participate in the
As part of this plan, several units have recently purchased
modular combat walls from TGM, an Israeli defense company based in Petah
The unique walls, that reach heights of about 2 meters and are made of
connect to each other like Lego and enable a unit to build an urban
training center out in the open within a matter of minutes.
minutes a unit can erect an entire city,” explained TGM executive Dinor
“Units can practice urban warfare scenarios including hand-to-hand
the newly-erected structure without worrying that it will fall
Established in 1986, TGM is a supplier of integrated systems and
support solutions for the Defense Ministry, the IDF and the Israel
The foam walls are made to absorb blows and return to their
original shape by special shockobserver springs developed by TGM. The
a metal frame and special stainless steel connectors, enabling fast and
assembling without the need for special tools.
The walls can also be used
to recreate, for example, a home that the soldiers are training to raid.