Soldier in gas mask and gun 311.
(photo credit: IDF)
The IDF Logistics and Technology
Directorate on Tuesday unveiled a number of new systems aimed at improving its
ability to bring supplies to troops operating behind enemy lines.
The systems include a parachute
that can carry several tons of equipment and uses a GPS to accurately arrive at its
destination. Its level of accuracy, senior officers said during a briefing on
Tuesday, is approximately 30 meters within the coordinates inserted into the
“The IDF has invested a great
deal of resources since the Second Lebanon War in 2006 in creating a flexible
ability to bring supplies to forces by air, ground and sea,” Brig.-Gen. Nissim
Peretz, head of the Logistics Directorate, said.
In addition, the IDF presented a
new cargo container that can be carried underneath transport helicopters which
it is attached to by metal cables without slowing down the speed of the
“Until now, heavy cargo
containers carried by helicopters would force the aircraft to fly at about half
its regular speed with the new container it can fly at almost it regular speed,”
an officer from the Logistics and Technology Directorate said.
According to the officer, speed
was particularly important when flying in areas such as the Gaza Strip and
Lebanon where Hamas and Hizbullah are believed to be stockpiling air defense
To enable the fast speeds, the
new container comes with built in wings that were aerodynamically engineered to
prevent wind resistance which would otherwise slow down the helicopter. The Air
Force generally uses the Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion – known as the Yasour – for
Another new technology unveiled
on Tuesday was a specially-designed underground breathing system which has been
supplied to the IDF’s Combat Engineer unit Yahalom, tasked with locating and
destroying terror tunnels in the Gaza Strip.
The system, comprising of two 9
liter oxygen tanks fitted onto a special stand with a hose reaching the length
of hundreds of meters, can be used to supply air to the unit’s soldiers who are
sent into tunnels during future operations in the Gaza Strip or Lebanon.
In case the air supply is cut
off, the soldiers will carry smaller tanks on them that they can quickly connect
to and which will provide them with one hour of oxygen.