(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) 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.
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 as tanks do, hauling 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 on to 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. If grants a battalion independence to drink, fill water containers, and shower.”