IDF rolls out new equipment for combat supply, repairs


(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to The Israel Defense Forces is adding new logistics equipment to its stocks to improve operations in battle, particularly in supplying soldiers with water and other needs. The new equipment was tested and proved successful in an exercise the Armored Corps' 7th Battalion conducted a few weeks ago.

The Camel II water delivery system. Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit.

One new development is a versatile military tow tractor pulled behind armored vehicles, such as tanks or armored personnel carriers, that can carry supplies of water, fuel, ammunition, and other equipment. The tractor can travel over rugged terrain and haul up to eight tons of supplies.

"It gives each company a few days' breathing room," said Lt. Col. Udi Amira, of the IDF's Technical and Logistics Directorate.

Another new tool is the Camel II water distribution system, which the IDF received from U.S. military overstock. The "camel" is a large water tank that can be loaded onto new trucks.

"Unlike in the past, this [system] doesn't tie the truck to [any certain] company,” Amira explained. “It leaves water tanks in the field, and can go on to the next mission. It grants a battalion independence to drink, fill water containers, and shower.”

Posted on October 17, 2016 .