Improving Israeli air defence capabilities

While the Israeli air force (IAF) is bolstering its capability to intercept ballistic missiles using the Arrow system, it is also preparing for more conventional air threats.

An advanced training centre intended for the users of “Patriot” surface-to-air units has been set up at the Aerial Defense Academy in southern Israel.

The simulator will offer a large range of training scenarios to Patriot-trained soldiers who have been practicing in the USA.

“With this new addition we have upgraded our training methods. In fact, the entire Patriot instruction technique has been reformed with the help of the simulator,” says Capt Matan Shalom, head of the Patriot unit for the instruction division at Aerial Defense Headquarters.

“With this new acquisition, we can reconstruct and debrief simulations in a much more profound way,” the officer told the IAF magazine.

The new simulator includes ten consoles to simulate the stations in the control unit of the Patriot system.

The simulator also features instructional stations that can control the various scenarios to be projected on the screens.

During simulations soldiers must spot enemy targets, react quickly and operate against hostile aircraft that enter Israeli air space.

“In the future, the simulator will allow us more points of intersection with other training systems across the force, such as flight simulators,” says Lt Col Gershon Zlutnik, head of the instructional division at the Aerial Defense Academy.

“The connection will allow cooperation with other formations in the force. There may be a time where a pilot and a Patriot controller will have to cooperate,” he says.

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