A process whose goal is to produce thousands of attacks on terror targets in few hours and improve the weaponry production line, has been developing over the last few years in the IAF. Starting from the planning process, through training technicians to activity in the factories – here is how the IAF produces its required abilities
The dynamic reality, multiple players and the variety of threats add great significance to the power of the IAF where one of its central advantages is immediacy and how quickly it operates. In the past few years, the IAF has been expanding the amount of weaponry available as well as its abilities and works to shorten activity time and expand its targets accordingly, with the understanding that these abilities are essential to maximize the extraction of power in the IAF.
In light of this fact, throughout the year, the IAF will simulate different scenarios with the goal of building the necessary abilities. Last week, an exercise took place in Hazerim Airbase, in which the all the soldiers on base trained for emergency activity. “This ability is like a muscle. We work hard to develop it, however it may not be necessary in every war”, explained Maj. Liran, commander of the guided weapon division in Hazerim Airbase. “The amount of necessary weaponry is greater and requires us to manufacture product in accordance with the consumption rate”.
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Complex, fast and massive
The required operational achievement for the beginning of war is the attack of thousands of enemy targets per day, meaning the production of thousands of bombs. Due to this statistic, the IAF has developed a new perception, which has created many changes for the Level A technicians and constitute the rate of maintenance in the field – in the fortified hangar, that prepare, arm and care for the aircraft before and after every sortie and the Level B technicians – professionals in the maintenance division and weaponry operators that work in the high level maintenance.
“We want to enlarge the activity time in the weaponry factory, as we aim for infinite activity in emergency and simultaneously want to shorten the time it takes to manufacture the bomb. This is a significant milestone in change of perception done by integrating soldiers from different divisions in the factories”, shared Maj. Liran. “Last summer we successfully past a primary ability inspection, which will make the requirements for the next review greater, thus we cannot rest for a moment. We must keep working, train our human resources and be efficient”.
As it is clear that the next campaign will be massive and complicated and with the desire to overpower the enemy as much as possible as quickly as possible, they work together and complement one another. The weaponry factory is a significant part of the activity as it supplies the relevant weapons for the squadrons every hour and in every condition and creates the base of the IAF’s abilities. The servicemen and women produce hundreds of bombs a day and are required to maintain the quality and usability of the weapon so they will ready for attack once the pilots receive them.
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“Our goal is to strain every last problem in the munitions”, stated Maj. Liran. In accordance with this approach, the servicemen and women are working around the clock and are required to remain professional over a long period of time despite fatigue. “We must create a balance between the objective of the exercises, which is to work fast and our safety. Dilemmas have arisen, such as: should we speed up the activity in the factory throughout the later hours of the night in order to keep up the pace, or slow it down because of the physical and mental fatigue that could cause safety problems”.
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“We understand the significance and responsibility”
The feeling of belonging and the partnership create motivation and a desire to continue and work through the challenges and hardships along the way. “The work gives a feeling of great satisfaction as at the end of the day you know that the bomb you made in the morning reached its destination. We feel as if we are at the end of the line of a central process and understand the responsibility on our shoulders”, shared Maj. Liran.
First Sergeant Vova and Sergeant Omer, technicians in the weapon factory, added: “It’s important that the weapons leave here in the most efficient way possible because if they’ll have problems we’ll miss targets. We feel the influence of our work when we see the carriers empty and understand that we did our job as it was expected of us”.