This past week, four intensive training days took place in Nevatim Airbase, in a workshop for the Transport Division in which they trained for air supply missions. The mission trained the air crews and the aerial loading unit to drop supplies from “Super Hercules” (C-130J) and exercised new cargo loading methods

Nadav Shaham & Talya Yariv | Translation: Ofri Aharon

Imagine a time in which Israel is in war over the northern borders, IDF soldiers are required to stay in the area for a long period of time and the ammunition, food and drinking water are beginning to run out. They cannot get more supplies from the ground because the enemy forces are in the area and there is no way to reach them with vehicles. This is where the IAF comes in and with the help of the “Super Hercules” (C-130J) airdrops the necessary supplies to the field.

 

Precise and Fast: Transport Division Workshop

Photo by: Mor Tzidon

The event described is not imaginary, as it occurred in the “Second Lebanon” War in 2006 and a decade later the IAF is still training for the aerial supply scenario by training the air crews and Aerial Supply Unit through this complex mission.

“It was an aerial supply workshop in which they trained for supplying ground forces with two kinds of cargo, heavy and light, which serves the combatants in the field in different ways”, explained Maj. Maor, Head of Exercise Department. “The operational qualification for aerial supply starts with the combatants in the fields that request the supplies they need to the headquarters, which operates the IAF to aid the forces”.

 

Precise and Fast: Transport Division Workshop

Photo by: Mor Tzidon

 

For the first time: new loading techniques
The aerial supply unit from the Nevatim Airbase are responsible for loading the cargos that are meant to be dropped during flight. Throughout the workshop, the aerial supply unit soldiers planned and conducted the loading of the cargo on “Hercules” aircraft, while commanding and conducting the drops during the flights.

Throughout the workshop, the aerial supply inspectors exercised a new technique for tying and securing cargo that could shorten loading times by 70%, which is very valuable time during war. “The workshop days are very intensive for us”, described Lt. Lior, Commander of the Operations Department in the Aerial Supply Unit. “We exercised an American loading technique for the first time that significantly shortens loading time. The difference between the American technique and the technique we have been using until today, is the way the cargo is released. We understand that if we get to the point that we need massive amounts of supply for the combatants, the new technique is more efficient”.

 

Precise and Fast: Transport Division Workshop

Photo by: Mor Tzidon

How do we know where the cargo will land?
The current workshop exercised every detail, meaning only IAF soldiers trained the scenario and exercised it during navigation flights and through dropping supply in the specified location.

Using simulators, the IAF exercises crossing enemy territories and coping with threats and the airdrop.
“There is great significance in the teamwork, if someone isn’t doing their job right, we will not succeed in the mission and won’t drop the supply to the right location”, explained Maj. Maor.

 

 

Precise and Fast: Transport Division Workshop

Photo by: Mor Tzidon