29 Oct '13, 3pm

Israel Revamps Armored Units for Urban, Brush Battles

Israel Revamps Armored Units for Urban, Brush Battles

TEL AVIV — Starting next month, select draftees inducted into Israel’s Armored Corps will undergo training for eventual deployment in new multi-discipline companies designed to support future battalions of main battle tanks (MBTs). The new specialty companies, each composed of reconnaissance, observation and mortar platoons, will form an integral part of future armored battalions, which consist of two active-duty MBT companies and a third MBT company from the Israel Defense Force (IDF) reserves. The merger of traditional infantry missions into Israel’s future armored order of battle is part of an Army-wide revamp aimed at retiring older-model Merkava MBTs and optimizing Israel’s maneuvering ground forces for urban and heavily forested arenas. Under the plan, mortar platoons will be equipped with Keshet, an M113-based, autonomous, self-propelled 120mm mortar by Elbit System...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20131029/DEFREG04/3102...

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defensenews.com 01 Nov '13, 12am

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon plans to fast track the sale of six Bell-Boeing V-22 Ospreys to Israel, allowing the nation to b...

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longwarjournal.org 31 Oct '13, 7pm

A US official confirmed to CNN today that Israel struck a military base near the Syrian coastal city of Latakia. A militar...