. Military Space News .

Israel develops new weapons for next war
by Staff Writers
Tel Aviv, Israel (UPI) Apr 17, 2012

Combat infantry battalions are equipped with unmanned aerial vehicles, such as the Skylark I and Skylark II developed by Elbit Systems, for tactical surveillance.

Amid a flurry of warnings that Lebanon and Hezbollah will be hammered in any new conflict, the Israeli military unveiled a new 120mm tank shell said to be able to penetrate reinforced targets, including in populated areas.

"Such a capability -- to accurately target terrorists hiding inside homes -- is believed to be crucial for the army as it faces future conflicts with Hezbollah and Hamas, both terrorist groups which embed themselves within civilian infrastructure," The Jerusalem Post reported.

In the same edition, the daily's military correspondent, Yaakov Katz, quoted senior defense officials as saying that "Israel will attack Lebanese government targets during a future war with Hezbollah."

This blitzkrieg, it says, would be triggered by retaliatory attacks on Israel by the heavily armed, Iranian-backed Shiite movement if Israel launches pre-emptive strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities.

The report was headlined "Lebanese targets fair game in war with Hezbollah."

In 2006, the Israelis said they deliberately didn't target Lebanese facilities since the Beirut government didn't support Hezbollah. But now Hezbollah dominates the government, the Israelis say all bets are off.

"It was a mistake not to attack Lebanese government targets during the Second Lebanon War in 2006," one senior officer said. "We will not be able to hold back from doing so in a future war."

This is known as the "Dahiya Doctrine," after the Israeli air force's relentless bombing of the Dahiya district in south Beirut during that 34-day conflict. Only next time it will much, much worse.

Suburban Dahiya was considered to be the nerve center of the Hezbollah leadership and large areas were flattened.

The reports about the new shell developed by Israel Military Industries is one of several recent instances of Israeli authorities saying the military's ready to unleash massive strikes not just against Hezbollah, on the Jewish state's northern border, but Palestinian militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip to the south.

A 20,000-strong Israeli force invaded Gaza Dec. 27, 2008, to crush Hamas and its allies in a 22-day battle that led to a global outcry against the Jewish state and allegations of war crimes.

Some 1,400 Palestinians, 960 of them civilians, were killed and thousands wounded. Damage totaled $2 billion. Some 5,000 homes were destroyed. Israeli casualties were 13 killed, 10 of them by friendly fire.

Israeli newspapers have reported how the army, still smarting from being fought to a humiliating standstill by Hezbollah's outgunned irregulars in 2006, plans to deploy special units go after the Hezbollah is in the elaborate defense networks they've constructed since 2006.

Last week, the army rehearsed dropping ammunition and other supplies, even Humvees, from Lockheed Martin C-130 transports to "forces operating deep behind enemy lines."

Newspapers reported that Israeli troops will be equipped with new miniature backpack radars with a range of only a few miles to detect hostile forces on the ground.

Combat infantry battalions are equipped with unmanned aerial vehicles, such as the Skylark I and Skylark II developed by Elbit Systems, for tactical surveillance.

Chief of Staff Lt. Gen Benny Gantz is reported to be carrying out surprise inspections of army brigades and air force bases to check on readiness, dreaming up emergencies to determine his forces' reaction times.

Gantz, who became Israel's top soldier in February 2011, has a background in special operations and is keen on mounting covert ops. In December he set up a unit known as Deep Corps for deep penetration operations and has put officers with unconventional warfare experience in command positions for the next conflict.

He's also put much greater emphasis on cyberwarfare, not just for conventional enemies like Iran and Syria but for irregular forces like Hezbollah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and others.

Hezbollah figures high on this list because for the last few years it has been constructing an elaborate network of secure communications, much of it using fiber optics, impervious to Israeli penetration.

This links its forward military units in south Lebanon, with command centers in Beirut and the movement's stronghold and logistics center in the Bekaa Valley of northeastern Lebanon on the Syrian border.

Another invasion of Gaza is also in the cards. Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich warned in March that the next Israel operation there "will be more violent than previous rounds."

Related Links
Learn about laser weapon technology at SpaceWar.com

Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
Buy Advertising Editorial Enquiries


. Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Northrop Grumman's New Laser Defense System Achieves Key Technology Readiness Standard
Apopka, FL (SPX) Apr 03, 2012
Northrop Grumman's Laser Systems business unit announced that its All Semiconductor Airborne Laser Threat Terminator (ASALTT) infrared countermeasure (IRCM) laser system has advanced to Technology Readiness Level 6 (TRL-6), a government measurement system that includes nine levels. TRL-6 represents a successful system/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment. ... read more

Poland, Baltics wary on Russian army plans in Kaliningrad

Russian AA, ABM systems - alternative for India

Russia waiting for S-500 air defense system

Israeli leaders play macabre numbers game

Iraq seeks killer missiles, but U.S. wary

Russia, India in hypersonic missile talks

Lockheed Martin Receives THAAD Follow-On Development Contract

Tucson site is largest Raytheon facility to receive a superior rating

AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems And KOR Electronics Enter Into Strategic Alliance

AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems And KOR Electronics Enter Into Strategic Alliance

Indian navy commissions third UAV squadron

Pirates, Beware: US Navy Smart Robocopters Will Spy You in the Crowd

Fourth Boeing-built WGS Satellite Accepted by USAF

Raytheon to Continue Supporting Coalition Forces' Information-Sharing Computer Network

Northrop Grumman Wins Contract for USAF Command and Control Modernization Program

TacSat-4 Enables Polar Region SatCom Experiment

United Kingdom's First Lockheed Martin F-35 Makes Inaugural Flight

Lockheed Martin Brings F-35 Cockpit Demonstrator to Northrop Grumman in California

Lockheed Martin Brings F-35 Cockpit Demonstrator to Northrop Grumman in California

Russian air forces hit airlifter deadend

Mideast arms boom gives BAE $792M boost

S. American defense spending set to fall

2011 world military spending levels out: think tank

India penalises Israeli defence firm for contract breach

Senator: 20 women involved in US Secret Service scandal

Russia sends ships for China war games

China's Wen says corruption biggest danger to party

London on defensive over response to death in China

High-res atomic imaging of specimens in liquid by TEM using graphene liquid cell

Carbon nanotubes can double growth of cell cultures important in industry

Nanoscale magnetic media diagnostics by rippling spin waves

Nanostarfruits are pure gold for research

Memory Foam Mattress Review

Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2012 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement