The Israel Ministry of Defense signed an agreement with Elbit Systems, an Israeli defense systems manufacturer, to establish and operate a new advanced training facility for the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) Armored Corps combat soldiers. The government of Israel described the new venture as an “Armored Corps Revolution.”
The agreement’s value is estimated to be 400 million NIS and includes the training facility’s construction, operation, and maintenance.
The IDF armored corps has had training facilities in the lower Negev for more than 3 decades. One base north of Eilat is home to the training programs for new recruits, tank commanders, as well as armored officers. And as the high-tech nature of new weapons systems continues to grow the need for new advanced training facilities also grows.
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Elbit Systems said the training facility will allow Armored Corps combat soldiers, from basic training through reserve duty, to train in various challenging single or multiple-tank scenarios. The system will also enable integrated recording and investigation capabilities with the ability to replay events, in addition to documentation, data analysis, and tracking trainee performance.
The IDF expects that the training facility will strengthen and improve individual and team system-operating skills within the tank and will constitute infrastructure for future training platforms.
The Israel Ministry of Defense’s Directorate of Production and Procurement (DOPP) led the project with the IDF Ground Forces and the IDF Planning Directorate.
Deputy Director General and Head of the Directorate of Production and Procurement, Avi Dadon said, “This is a significant step forward in the Armored Corps’ ability to train its soldiers and prepare them for the challenges of the battlefield in the best way possible. The simulator will strengthen and improve individual and team skills and will constitute infrastructure for future training platforms. The DOPP is proud to partner in strengthening land procurement that has been central in the past two years.”
Commander of the IDF Ground Forces, Maj. Gen. Tamir Yadai added, “The new Armored Corps facility is part of a growing trend of ground-based training simulators. The new simulator has great potential for increasing training efficacy, is resource-efficient, with maximum flexibility, especially for combat reservists. The Ground Forces, in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense’s DOPP, will continue to promote the digital revolution in the simulator field, as part of the multi-year plan that incorporates additional simulators for various ground forces.”