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Israel Plans Unmanned Vehicles for Battlefield Resupply

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Head Logistics Officer: Unmanned Vehicles and Better Trained Soldiers

(Source: Israel Defense Forces; issued Sept. 6, 2011)

The IDF Logistics Corps will soon implement unmanned vehicles used for supply transport and enhance soldier durability, according to Head Logistics Officer, Brig. Gen. Mofid Ganem who spoke at the Fifth Annual Latrun Conference today, Tuesday (September 6).

Brig. Gen. Ganem addressed supply transfer challenges in complex warzones and future logistics solutions.

A 'supply chain' refers to transfer of supplies such as food, medical equipment, fuel, ammunitions and other, to combat soldiers in the field during an emergency. The equipment is transported in a variety of ways that require securing of routes.

"We've improved supply transportation since the Second Lebanon War," said Brig. Gen. Ganem. "We train the forces to create better suited routes."

Since logistics soldiers are many times required to enter warzones, they will now be trained accordingly.

"We teach our logistics officers to approach the forces in spite of the dangers," explained Brig. Gen. Ganem. "In enemy presence we will be able to employ logistics soldiers as security forces as well, trained to fight and better understand the situation."

Brig. Gen. Ganem discussed technological advancements in command and control systems as well as incorporating the use of unmanned aerial and ground vehicles.

The vehicles will transport supplies to infantry forces without risking human life. "These will definitely be taken into consideration in the upcoming IDF's multi-annual plan," he said
to IDF Website.

Lighter and longer-lasting supply carriers are being developed as well.