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"God of war" speaks Hebrew. Interview with the IDF artillery commander

"God of war" speaks Hebrew. Interview with the IDF artillery commander

Questions from were answered by the commander of Israeli artillery Roy Riftin. 46-year-old brigadier general with a law degree, admits that he did not think about the military career, and in this branch of the army came by accident.

Our interlocutor, having begun his service as a private soldier, went through all the steps, commanded the northern artillery brigade during the Second Lebanon War, then served in the General Staff, and then served as head of the planning department of the ground forces command.

What are the challenges facing the IDF artillery at the beginning of the XXI century?

There are a lot of them. First of all, this is the development of human potential, both recruits and officers. We do not particularly attract attention to ourselves, we are limited in self-advertisement, and after leaving Lebanon this problem worsened. We do a lot, but it remains invisible, including by virtue of secrecy.

In 80-90, we woke up in the morning, fired several projectiles at targets in Lebanon, hit the headlines, and were happy with life. Now every projectile fired is a whole история. The recent return shelling of Lebanese territory was an example of the complex world in which we live.

When in Syria applied chemical weapon, then artillery units from different parts of the country were pulled to the northern border. This means that the gunners live in the dual world: on the one hand, they do the same work as the infantry, on the other - for a short time they must be ready to use their guns and missiles.

Among the tasks facing the IDF there are those that only artillery can solve. As for the Syrian front, we must respond with utmost precision to the shelling of Israeli territory. Even on occasional shelling, which in fact does not always turn out to be "random", it is necessary to respond. Responsibility for this is borne, first of all, by our observers and fire coordinators.

In Gaza, artillery is also responsible for opening fire The fact that practically only artillerymen serve at the command posts responsible for the "fire" allows you to fully utilize the potential. Our officers will involve both the Air Force and other types of troops.

Artillery is now used very rarely on the Lebanese border. But both in the north and in the Gaza Strip area, and in Eilat, gunners serve multipurpose radar installations. We transmit data on the shelling of the warning systems of the civilian population, and those who should "deal" with the shooters. In the last year, this has been done by a specially created division for finding targets.

Another task artillery - the use of small UAVs. We started this two years ago, and the importance of UAVs is growing all the time. At the level of the "battalion brigade" created a whole system of small UAV "Heavenly rider." The demand for these aircraft is huge. On each front there are calculations that are constantly involved.

If we take one plane from someone, in a minute I’m already cutting off the phone. "Sky Rider" is reminiscent of a model airplane, it is launched like a slingshot. In fact, this is the pinnacle of military technology, which, despite the spread of UAVs around the world, has no world analogues.

How will artillery develop in the foreseeable future?

If you look to the future, I want to remind you of the human factor again. To use these technologies, we need capable people. Of course, most will have to use guns, which requires, rather, physical, rather than intelligent data. But the intellect is necessary for the artilleryman.

We are also looking for people with high motivation. First and foremost, we must educate commanders with operational horizons. We teach battery commanders to think in brigade scale. In war they will have to do it, which requires special qualities.

As regards the development of the military branch, we are aware that the world and the tasks before us have changed. We have the means to deal with the masses tanks, armored personnel carriers and infantrymen. But the main threat does not come from them. The enemy is invisible, he appears for a short period and disappears again. Our task is to provide him with a meeting with things that explode. The task is not simple and interesting.

In your opinion, are you developing a new artillery doctrine or are you bringing the old one into line with the requirements of time?

In my opinion, I rather bring it in line with new realities. In the past, artillery had the task to more or less accurately bring down to the enemy a mass of fire. Now accuracy is central. If earlier we fired rocket attacks on the squares, now the same installations launch missiles that, with a range of 35, have an accuracy of up to five meters and are capable of destroying what is needed.

Another important aspect is cheapness, because we need a significant number of missiles. With a large saturation of fire weapons, I can attach volley fire units to divisions, not districts, as it was before. This shortens the reaction time. The platoon, seeing the threat, can request artillery support - and immediately get it. Within five minutes, a missile is launched at the designated target.

One of the main lessons of the Second Lebanon War is that, although we rely on the “long arm” of the Israeli air force, ground forces need their own fire support, which can level the two-story house and crush the center of resistance.

Accuracy is now needed and projectiles. We began to equip them with satellite guidance systems that provide accuracy up to five meters. After all, when the enemy appears and disappears, I must destroy him with one shot. No second chance, missed - missed. Tests of these munitions should be completed in the 2015 year, and in 2016 projectile will go into service.

As far as I know, this is not a unique development.

Similar systems exist in other armies, but none of them reaches such accuracy as ours. We strive for accuracy to be even less than five meters, and this is a very difficult task. But the work is progressing well, and this is encouraging.

The IDF still uses artillery systems developed by 30-40 years ago, and you talk to me about developments that can be called futuristic. Is this a contradiction?

Our task is to integrate computerized fire control systems with the hard physical work of artillery crews, so that at the right moment to launch the projectile that is needed, for the purpose that is necessary. Much of the tactical work is performed at the battalion level, the artillery officers assigned to the battalions are responsible for it. Previously, they were engaged only in coordinating cannon artillery, now this is not enough. To use our full potential, coordination calculations of several people are required.

We want to combine the firepower of the ground forces and the Air Force at the battalion level, but for this we need a more serious coordination mechanism, with personnel who can use artillery, and Aviation. People are trained on special simulators, which can significantly reduce financial costs, as well as set the most difficult tasks during the training of officers. Then in combat conditions they will know what to do - this will be brought to automaticity.

With all the importance of artillery systems, it is much more important what they shoot and where they fall. Say, the M-270 rocket launcher on the Bradley chassis, which debuted during the company "Desert Storm," still does the job, and you should not write it off. We will improve it a bit, install the latest missiles - and everything perfectly goes where it should be.

As for the guns - this is a painful question. Towed artillery, we will soon withdraw gradually from the staffing, we say M-71 "goodbye." This is a reliable, accurate artillery system of Israeli origin, which is in service with other countries. We are proud of her, but her time has passed.

Our main gun - M-109 since the Vietnam War. In my opinion, and her time is running out. We are now deciding which system will replace it. Priority - more firepower, but fewer guns. Modern technology allows self-charging rapid-fire installations to conduct intense, accurate and long-range fire. If the current guns require an 10 man of calculation, then a new one needs four. Artillery is becoming more economical and more efficient.

Caliber will remain the same?

Yes, it will be a gun with a caliber 155 mm, with a barrel length 52 caliber, fully automated, integrated with the CALR system - "computerized ground forces". The range will be 35 kilometers. This will use conventional ammunition. This will reduce the number of artillery without reducing its effectiveness.

Here I am talking about the long term. Even if we finish the development in the next couple of years, it will take about twenty years to replace the entire artillery park. But the IDF is aware of the need for this measure. Such guns, located outside the battlefield and firing accurate ammunition, do not have to move a lot. They will be integrated into the communications network. This will make full use of our potential on the battlefield.

In May we are holding the third international conference on firepower. Its main theme will be the use of networks for fire control in a changing environment. After all, the task is to combine the potential of modern electronic communications with the traditional ballistic characteristics of artillery systems.

The conference will be attended by representatives of the armed forces of various countries, defense enterprises and academia. Our partners have a great interest in the conference. This applies to the western world and eastern countries. In the past, her work was very successful, because participants exchange experiences both in combat and in training.

In the Russian tradition, artillery is called the "God of War." Its commanders often wore epaulets with marshal stars. Your rank is a brigadier general. Does this indicate the place of artillery in the IDF combat schedule?

Firepower occupies a central place in the Israeli military doctrine. If you look at the training of the armed forces, you see how much resources are allocated for this. As for the question of my rank - we are a young army. But I want to remind you that two representatives of artillery occupied high positions in the General Staff, and Dan Arel was the Deputy Chief of the General Staff. So everything is fine.

A few months ago, Defense Minister Moshe ("The Gods") Ya'alon declared that the era of battles, similar to those of the Doomsday War, had come to an end. As far as this revolution in military affairs touched artillery?

A significant part of our combat schedule is reservists, who were trained for what can be defined as "wars of the past." So really, both mentally and from the point of view of the material part, these units are more suitable for them. We have to spend a lot of energy in order to bring spare parts in line with new realities.

I am convinced that we should not forget about our traditional role in the conventional conflict. The world around us is constantly changing in the most radical way, so you need to prepare for traditional military operations, not to lose the accumulated experience, which, moreover, will be difficult to restore.

Although, along with missiles and projectiles, we have both UAVs and other technological means, I believe that the most difficult task of artillery is the fire support of units operating on the battlefield. And if the coordinators of the fire can cope with this task, they will be on the shoulder and control of an artillery system that inflicts a point strike on targets more typical for conflicts of a new type.

Artillery plays the role of an important deterrent. When we hear in the newsthat the IDF responded with artillery fire, this usually means that the confrontation has reached a new level. How do you balance the fine line between the battlefield and politics?

Indeed, artillery will be used not only to destroy the enemy, but also to demonstrate that it is better not to touch us. A show of strength is when you let your opponent know that you are serious. It should be borne in mind that the enemy is firing from populated areas, and we cannot use the mass of fire as a deterrent. We have to look for other ways.

Israel maintains neutrality in the civil war in Syria, but at the same time, the IDF artillery has to open fire on Syrian territory. Cannons also respond to rocket attacks from Lebanese territory. To what extent does this duality affect the deployment of forces?

We open fire only on positions from which Israeli territory was fired, fully aware of the complexity of the situation. Our goal is very limited - to suppress the firing point. We must not allow such an incident to escalate into a serious conflict.

How do guns, volley fire systems and UAVs function under the same roof? Why did systems like the Sky Rider appear to be under artillery?

The main reason is that we are able to use a variety of weapons systems. But the example of the IDF was contagious - now other countries are emulating us. Artillery is constantly striving to minimize response time to a request for fire support. To do this, you need to collect everything under the same roof, so that those who are observing, and those who shoot, speak the same language. The Heavenly Horseman, whose initial task is to monitor the situation on the battlefield in real time and transfer data to the battalion commander, is now also used to coordinate the fire.

It also allows you to find out what is happening "on the opposite slope of the hill", in the "dead zones", which turn out to be especially significant during the battles in the village. The surface of the earth is not the best place to observe the battlefield. UAVs allow you to conduct effective fire on the second and third line of houses. And when artillerymen studying the same courses are engaged in everything, everything proceeds much more smoothly. So when we took on this project, we didn’t even fully realize what opportunities it provides.

For the same reason, we are so effectively using radar installations - everyone speaks the same, "artillery" language, uses our communication system. This greatly simplifies the process.

You paint a picture of a super-modern kind of military, but among conscripts, he is not particularly popular. You yourself admitted that you fell into the artillery by chance. How do you solve the problem of motivation?

Even those who did not aspire to artillery, being here, come to the conclusion that they were lucky that this is an excellent duty station. Our task as commanders is to convince them of this. Indeed, we do not make up faces with protective colors, we are not shown on TV or in newspapers. But when you get into the course of a young fighter in “Shivta”, you see who your colleagues are, you study modern, interesting equipment, you realize what an important role you have to play on the battlefield. And we must pay tribute to the management of personnel, which sends to us recruits with the necessary intellectual level. And I take the motivation. The fact that we have a big competition for officer positions.

Separately, it is worth noting that girls also serve here. We are constantly trying to open up new opportunities for them, many of them become officers. In one of the battalions of volley fire in six months there will be three combatants - women. It happened by chance, not because we were striving for it. Appointment received the best.

Probably the most tragic episode in the history of the IDF artillery was the shelling of Kafr Kana during Operation Grapes of Wrath. Then more than 100 people died. Are you learning this experience?

Of course, this is unacceptable. Lessons were learned from this case, one of which is the need for the coordination of fire as accurate as possible and shooting as accurate as possible. This is especially important when military operations are conducted in an area where there are settlements, civilians. We are doing everything possible so that this does not happen again, but unfortunately I cannot guarantee this.
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  1. Gagarin
    Gagarin 18 March 2014 16: 04
    Informative - thanks.
    1. platitsyn70
      platitsyn70 18 March 2014 16: 32
      Israel is a small state, and the problems are big and innovation cannot be avoided, and one should not forget that Russian people also live there. Crimea returned to us and this is natural, it is our land, it is watered with sweat and blood like the land of the Israeli people. Crimea URA! HOORAY! HOORAY!
      1. jjj
        jjj 18 March 2014 17: 11
        Life shows that Israel may soon need a referendum and the defense of Russia
        1. Geisenberg
          Geisenberg 18 March 2014 18: 10
          Quote: jjj
          Life shows that Israel may soon need a referendum and the defense of Russia

          And what are the local Jews silent?
          1. Aaron Zawi
            Aaron Zawi 18 March 2014 19: 15
            Quote: Geisenberg
            And what are the local Jews silent?
            we are not silent, we are working.
            Negotiations on a free trade zone between Israel and the Customs Union, which includes Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, are entering the practical phase. This week, the first meeting between members of a joint research group will be held in Jerusalem, which should study the prospects for Israel's entry into the free trade zone, ITAR-TASS reported. A meeting is also planned between Israeli trade ministers Naftali Bennett and Chairman of the Eurasian Economic Commission Andrei Slepnev, who will sign a statement on the start of the joint group. The joint group consists of experts from the Eurasian Economic Commission, ministries and departments of the Customs Union and Israel.
            The first stage - assessing the potential of Israel's cooperation with the Customs Union - will last about a year, the parties intend to complete the work by December. Based on the results of their work, the experts will present a special report and recommendations, on the basis of which a decision can be made to start negotiations on a free trade zone between the CU countries and Israel. As IzRus reported, if the plans for a free trade zone are implemented, Israeli exports to the Russian Federation could grow 2-3 times.

            1. builder
              builder 18 March 2014 19: 37
              Quote: Aron Zaavi
              we are not silent, we are working.

              Commendable. A pragmatic approach.
              1. Aaron Zawi
                Aaron Zawi 18 March 2014 19: 56
                Quote: stroitel

                Commendable. A pragmatic approach.
                we are generally very pragmatic people. We have been beaten so many times that there is not a single gram of romance in our long-distance relationships.
                1. builder
                  builder 18 March 2014 20: 26
                  Quote: Aron Zaavi
                  in our long-distance relations there is not a gram.

                  long distance relationship?
                  1. Aaron Zawi
                    Aaron Zawi 18 March 2014 20: 43
                    Quote: stroitel

                    long distance relationship?

                    well sealed up.
                    1. builder
                      builder 18 March 2014 20: 46
                      I thought maybe such humor)))) wink hi
  2. Same lech
    Same lech 18 March 2014 16: 08
    The Jews SHOULD GIVE THEM TO THEIR POSITION TO CREATE A GREAT ARMY capable of crushing an unorganized enemy to the smithereens.

    They use all the achievements of science and technology for military purposes .... the main task of the ISRAEL army is to ensure the safety of the citizens of ISRAEL that they do brilliantly ... there is something to learn from them.
    1. Cynic
      Cynic 18 March 2014 16: 36
      Quote: The same LYOKHA

      They wouldn’t have created, now there’s nothing and no one to talk about!
      The principle of NATURAL SELECTION OF NATIONS.
    2. Alexei
      Alexei 18 March 2014 16: 53
      Quote: The same LYOKHA
      Use all the achievements of science and technology for military purposes .... the main task of the army of ISRAEL to ensure the safety of citizens of ISRAEL

      The main thing is not to overdo it, because citizens live not only in Israel. Not only Israeli citizens need security.
    3. wanderer
      wanderer 18 March 2014 20: 47
      “capable of crushing an unorganized enemy to smithereens.” And that the armies of Egypt and Syria were poorly organized by Soviet instructors?
      1. Alexei
        Alexei 18 March 2014 22: 32
        Quote: wanderer
        “And that the armies of Egypt and Syria were poorly organized by Soviet instructors?

        No, Soviet instructors (the best of the best) did their best, and were rightly proud of their best offspring (armies). But that they all could against the world's greatest army, under whose feet the globe was shaking, and alien invaders circled our planet, because they did not really smile at the prospect of colliding with the Israeli army face to face.
        Are you alluding to this? wink
      2. Same lech
        Same lech 19 March 2014 07: 00
        Read the memories of our instructors and you will learn a lot of interesting things about these Arabs.
        Most Arabs are not capable of active hostilities.

        Further, as an example, I will cite the Vietnamese who had excellent organizers of resistance to the invaders .. as we know, the help of the Vietnamese was also provided by Soviet military advisers ... but the result is completely different than in Egypt.
  3. vjatsergey
    vjatsergey 18 March 2014 16: 08
    Crimea in Russia !!! Signed up.
    1. Cynic
      Cynic 18 March 2014 16: 41
      Quote: vjatsergey
      Crimea in Russia !!! Signed up.

      Transnistria appealed to Russia to consider the adoption of _
      In 2006, a similar referendum was held in Transnistria, during which 97% of the republic’s residents voted for independence from Moldova, with subsequent accession to Russia.
      However, the trend ...
  4. Arh
    Arh 18 March 2014 16: 12
    Hurray CRIMEA RUSSIA! ! ! * * *
  5. Alexey M
    Alexey M 18 March 2014 16: 21
    Indeed, artillery is used not only to destroy the enemy, but also to demonstrate: it’s better not to touch us.
    Losses during Operation Cast Lead
    According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, 1314 Palestinians died, including 412 children and 110 women, 5300 injured, 1855 of them children and 795 women. The number of wounded is estimated from 1000 to 5450 people.
    According to the IDF updated on April 7, 2009, the total number of Palestinians killed during the operation is 1166. Of these, more than 709 are members of various combat units of Hamas and other terrorist organizations. The death toll of civilians (including women and children) is 295. 162 men failed to identify belonging and involvement in hostilities.
    The Guardian newspaper, citing UN data, reported on January 9, 2009, about 250 dead and 1080 injured children (about a third of the total losses) since the start of the operation on December 27, 2008, noting that children make up more than half of the Gaza Strip.
    In Israel, there are 13 casualties (10 military personnel, 3 civilians) and 518 wounded, shell-shocked and victims of shock (336 soldiers and 182 civilians). Of the injured servicemen, 4 were killed and dozens were injured of varying severity in three different incidents from the “friendly fire” of Israeli tanks.
    Among those killed are also 6 local staff from the UN GWA Refugee Agency UNRWA.
    Yes, really, it’s better not to touch them.
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    2. T34
      T34 18 March 2014 16: 56

      Documentary: Occupation 101 / Occupation 101
      YOM: 2006
      The film was translated and voiced in October 2009
      Translation: one-voice, (voice acting Endgame)
      Directors: S.Omeish, A.Omeish

      The documentary film-winner of seven film festivals "Occupation 101" tells about the facts, diligently concealed by the world media about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the formation of one state at the expense of the destruction of another. "Occupation 101" denounces the lies and myths about the situation in the region, circulated in the media. The film demonstrates that neither Jews nor Palestinians, as separate nations, are the culprits of nearly a century of confrontation. The reason for everything that has happened and is happening in the lands of Palestine is the movement-progenitor of fascism - Zionism. Why has no one in Russia known about this documentary for almost four years now? Interest Ask. This film is not against Jews or against Arabs. This film is against Zionism and its dire consequences.
      For a deeper immersion in the topic, it is recommended to watch the documentary "Aims and deeds of the Zionists"
  6. sazhka4
    sazhka4 18 March 2014 16: 24
    [quote = Gagarin] Cognitively - thanks. [/ quote Yatsenyuk Security Council of the United Nations speaks Russian ..
  7. Orc-xnumx
    Orc-xnumx 18 March 2014 16: 35
    Cognitively, the IDF never had a well-trained and equipped non-Arab army in the enemy. After all, Arabs are not fighters! Their durability is extremely low. This is the Jewish happiness of the IDF, which in opponents can not be anyone more serious.
    1. Aaron Zawi
      Aaron Zawi 18 March 2014 19: 17
      Quote: Orc-78
      Cognitively, the IDF never had a well-trained and equipped non-Arab army in the enemy. After all, Arabs are not fighters! Their durability is extremely low. This is the Jewish happiness of the IDF, which in opponents can not be anyone more serious.

      Are Syrians not fighters?
      1. max702
        max702 19 March 2014 00: 32
        And what about the Germans? About the French? Swedes and others ... say a long time ago it was .. you always find something to say.
    2. And Us Rat
      And Us Rat 19 March 2014 03: 47
      Quote: Orc-78
      Cognitively, the IDF never had a well-trained and equipped non-Arab army in the enemy. After all, Arabs are not fighters! Their durability is extremely low. This is the Jewish happiness of the IDF, which in opponents can not be anyone more serious.

  8. andrei332809
    andrei332809 18 March 2014 16: 42
    Similar systems exist in other armies, but none of them achieves such accuracy as ours.

    yah? belay
  9. JIaIIoTb
    JIaIIoTb 18 March 2014 16: 42
    The Israelis are still inventors. Their fantasy would be combined with our ingenuity and a new iron caput would definitely appear))))
    1. And Us Rat
      And Us Rat 19 March 2014 03: 49
      Quote: JIaIIoTb
      Their fantasy would be combined with our ingenuity ...

      You "had to say" on the contrary, combine Israeli innovations and non-standard solutions with your ... ehmmm ... "projects for a bright future" ... right? wink
    2. Cynic
      Cynic 19 March 2014 11: 09
      Quote: JIaIIoTb
      Their fantasy would be combined with our ingenuity

      You can agree, you can scream _ NOT YOUR TRUTH, but ... any survivor, let alone born, is already different in Russia.
      If we analyze the number of Jews coming from the USSR, then, as it were, _ It already has
      place to be.
      True scale ...
      It turns out a global experiment?
  10. Alexanderlaskov
    Alexanderlaskov 18 March 2014 16: 49
    There is something to learn.
  11. hrych
    hrych 18 March 2014 16: 51
    The God of loan interest speaks Hebrew, and the God of War speaks pure Indo-European. For the bearers of Hebrew, the Egyptians, the Babylonians, the Greeks generally jerked into Hanusha oil, then Romei, etc., so that the gods of War could be inflicted upon the gods of War to imagine a great, great megalomania. I did not read the article, the title was enough for the eyes.
    1. hrych
      hrych 18 March 2014 17: 26

      Hebrew however
      1. And Us Rat
        And Us Rat 19 March 2014 03: 57
        Quote: hrych

        Hebrew however

        Well, where would it be without him? laughing
  12. kapitan281271
    kapitan281271 18 March 2014 16: 52
    Jews and Russians unite.
  13. Sypress
    Sypress 18 March 2014 16: 53
    Something like this ...
    1. T34
      T34 18 March 2014 17: 00
      handed out matzo, it is
      1. Saburov
        Saburov 18 March 2014 22: 52
        A barrel of jam and a basket of cookies ... and A. Gaidar was a seer ... like in Malchish-Kibalchish.
  14. mabuta
    mabuta 18 March 2014 16: 55
    The creation of units with walking access to weapons was copied from the Cossack troops. They are using it wisely, but we have unfortunately forgotten it. Although there has recently been talk about restoring the military component of the Cossacks. And I wish Israel peace.
  15. individual
    individual 18 March 2014 16: 59
    "... How do you solve the problem of motivation?"

    The motivation is always and everywhere one worthy payment and the attention of the authorities to the soldier's defender.
  16. Boot under the carpet
    Boot under the carpet 18 March 2014 17: 18
    Impeccable discipline + training + the latest achievements of science in armament = combat-ready army! It remains only to be glad that they know where they are going.
    1. max702
      max702 19 March 2014 00: 36
      Do not forget about financing for all of the above factors, and who owns 90% of the finances of the entire planet?
  17. Roman 1977
    Roman 1977 18 March 2014 17: 43
    IDF artillery currently:
    600 155-mm BG M109 upgraded by the Israelis, according to other sources 250 M109A5 (optional 30 M109A1 in storage)

    36 203-mm SG M110- stocked

    70 175-mm SG M107-stacked

    300 155-mm towed howitzers Soltam M-71-Israeli production

    140 130-mm towed guns M-46, captured Arab, of which 40 in storage, as of 2012 year, according to other 100 trophy, withdrawn from service.
    50 155-mm BG Soltam M-68, Israeli production, in reserve. Some of them were converted into L33 self-propelled guns on the chassis of the obsolete M4 Sherman tank;

    5 trophy 122-mm BG D-30- in reserve, for 2012 year;
    48 American MLRS M270

    an unknown number of Israeli-made MAR-290 MLRS on the chassis of the outdated M4 Sherman and Centurion tanks
    64 120-mm self-propelled mortars Cardom SP
    250 120-mm towed mortars Soltam M-65
    1. Aaron Zawi
      Aaron Zawi 18 March 2014 19: 58
      Now in service and reserve only 600 M-109 and 48 MLRS M270. Everything else is only in the museum.
  18. Capyar 48315
    Capyar 48315 18 March 2014 18: 14
    Israel is a model of local conflict and the use of modern means in it. A long-term and therefore a wonderful object for the analysis and adoption of experience, taking into account of course their realities. However, I think our General Staff, and without my cleverness, has been systematically engaged in this for a long time. The main thing is that this analysis does not gather dust under the cloth
    1. hrych
      hrych 18 March 2014 18: 58
      I will tell you a secret about the great Israeli victories - this is namaz. There is a column of thousands of Arab tanks, there is no salvation for the enemy, they suddenly have a prayer, everyone got up and rushed "Alaabar", then attack aircraft came flying in, artillery covered and that's it. Our instructors were shocked by namaz, heard personally from the helicopter instructor who served in Egypt. True, Rais (of course, at the behest of some Vasily Stepanovich) arranged Yom Kippur for the Israelis, but of course, they couldn't outperform namaz. But with a small but well-organized Hezbollah, Israel suffered unacceptable losses and had to skelp, and that was not so long ago.
  19. Smiles to you
    Smiles to you 18 March 2014 18: 49
    Yes, essentially. All Israelis, This is the IDF. We must pay tribute to them, we have learned to defend ourselves, to confront threats, and respond worthily to them (threats). There is something to learn ...
  20. runway
    runway 18 March 2014 21: 00
    I was interested to know the opinion of the commander of the artillery of Israel on the prospects for the development of his kind of troops. In any army operating, gunners have always been valued and have been on a special account, which is confirmed by the commander of the Israeli artillery, Roy Riftin. The preparation of artillery commanders is one to two steps higher, not only for the development of their operational thinking, but also for better performance of the tasks assigned to them, and is practiced with us. I wonder what kind of military schools Roy Riftin graduated from. He is impressed by the interviewee that he respects his subordinates, strives to make full use of the capabilities of the weapons and equipment available to him in submission. Well, a little lies, but how without it? After all, then it would be uninteresting good
  21. mvv
    mvv 18 March 2014 22: 03
    good article and competent questions and answers - more of these!
  22. Aaron Zawi
    Aaron Zawi 18 March 2014 23: 45
    Well, and as a supplement.
    21.02.14/155/52. Moshe Kheresh, formerly Soltam Genderactor, on the process of choosing a new weapon (5-mm, L / 2014). The process should start within the framework of the 2018-year Teusa plan (XNUMX-XNUMX).
    Criteria for choosing 155-mm guns:
    1) Firing range - 40 + km. At the L / 38 trunk, the maximum range is 28 km, at L / 52 - 41 km with conventional shells and more than 50 - with modern types of shells.
    2) High firepower.
    3) Mobility.
    4) Vitality.
    5) Ammunition.
    6) Life cycle cost.
    At the finish line:
    1) IAI ("Taasia Avirit") + German KMW + American "Lockheed Martin" - AGM gun based on "Bradley" (the same base as MLRS);
    2) "Elbit" + its subsidiary EFW (for production in the United States with American aid) - deep modernization of the M109;
    3) IMI (TAAS) + German "Rheinmetal" + an unnamed American company - a deep modernization of the M109 on the basis of the M109 / L52 and M109I7 versions created by Rheinmetal and the Golan RDM. The gun is from the German self-propelled gun PZH-2000.
    4) American branch of BAE - modernization of М109 based on technologies created for "Paladin" and PIM.
    In particular, it is said that the number of guns in the battery will be reduced from 6 to 4, and in the division, respectively, from 18 to 12. .
  23. Alexey M
    Alexey M 19 March 2014 10: 38
    Israel is the same North Korea, only a larger scale. By conducting constant provocations and delivering air strikes, they scream that they want peace. And all for the sake of making more money. And not their army is self-defense but punitive worse than the Nazis. Screaming at every corner about the Holocaust and the Warsaw ghetto themselves are demolished entire blocks. The same thing in Syria, I strongly doubt that the Syrians are now up to Israel, because the numbness of Israel constantly bombing Syria probably helps revolutionaries.
    1. Cynic
      Cynic 19 March 2014 11: 22
      Quote: Alexey M
      .Conducting constant provocations and air strikes, they shout that they want peace.

      Of course, not to scream, we need land and water in order to survive!
      The policy of Israel was determined initially, at its creation.
      Or or .
      Either the former owners of the territory in which it was created will devour it, or it will fight and expand, increasing its resources.
      No other is given to them.
      By the way, one of the founding fathers I.V. Stalin.
      So you’ll think about why he did it.
      1. Alexey M
        Alexey M 19 March 2014 12: 44
        Or maybe it was necessary to agree? When Israel created the local camels rode and sat on palm trees. So it was more modest to behave