Dividing the work between air force and rockets

Precise rockets will take the place of the Israeli air force (IAF) in close-support fire missions – and when the need is to destroy a target amid a heavily populated area.

The decision has been made, and now the budget will determine deployment.

The changing nature of war – from vast operations in large areas to “focused” urban fighting – has brought this change, but it was not easy.

Some years ago the idea was rejected – mainly by the IAF, which enjoys a “superior” status in the Israeli defense forces (IDF) general staff.

The generals in blue rejected the idea, but the pressure continued, hitting an all time peak as the budget constraints became huge.

Two Israeli companies – Israel Aerospace Industries and Israel Military Industries – have developed a range of mobile, inexpensive, very precise rockets. Some can be launched from multi-launchers that will be capable of fast reaction – and the creation of a large kill zone.

The two companies claim that these rockets can deliver the needed close support to ranges of up to 200km, and hit a target located in an area where “non-involved” live.

Some designs of the rockets have been revealed, while others are still classified.

Israeli sources say that the rockets are not capable of suppressing the launch of rockets like the ones used by Hezbollah in Lebanon, but are perfect to hit selected targets that can disappear if the reaction time is not short enough.

So it seems that the IAF’s F-15′s and F-16′s will be able to focus on long-range missions in a future war, while precise rockets will allow instant response at short-range.

The change in the way wars are being fought is not unique to the IDF. Some foreign countries are showing great interest in new rockets – designed to be not only precise and deadly, but affordable.

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