Patriot battery

Military personnel from the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) Northern ‘Patriot’ Battery practised operational deployment in the field during a combat exercise at an undisclosed location.

During the exercise, soldiers were ordered to disassemble the battery within a few hours, then deploy it in the new relevant site and proclaim their readiness to face an enemy attack coming from the North.

The participants had to move the battery to another location and prepare it for intercepting threats from the Southern arena.

Northern ‘Patriot’ Battery commander major Udi Lavi said: "We are required to have the ability to deploy in a very short time so we must practise.

"In order for the mission to run smoothly we must maintain order and organisation and pay attention even to the smallest of details."

"In order for the mission to run smoothly we must maintain order and organisation and pay attention even to the smallest of details."

The battery recently entered the ‘power building’ stage, which offers two months for training and various workshops, as well as enrichment and team building.

The Patriot batteries are believed to be increasingly safeguarding Israeli skies against different aerial threats, and are claimed to have intercepted various manned and unmanned aircraft entering into Israeli territory during 2014.

Lavi said: "We made sure to implement the lessons learnt from Operation ‘Protective Edge’ and by that we improved the quality of the training.

"We also simulated a mass-casualty incident and examined our ability to deal with such an event."

According to IAF, the Patriot batteries are capable of skipping from place to place, in accordance with intelligence evaluations and operational requirements, like the Iron Dome batteries.

Patriot is jointly manufactured by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. It is a long-range, all-altitude, all-weather air defence system designed to protect soldiers against advanced threats such as aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles in the battlefield.

Apart from Israel, the missile is also in service with Egypt, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Korea, and Taiwan, as well as the UAE and the US.


Image: Soldiers of the IAF’s Northern Patriot battery practiced operational deployment in the field. Photo: courtesy of IAF.