An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reconnaissance company supporting a Merkava Mk 4 tank brigade has adopted unarmoured Humvees as its preferred mode of transport in combat zones.The 401st Armored Brigade's reconnaissance company made the transition in recent months after using Humvees armed with FN MAG machine guns to move wounded soldiers to safety during Operation 'Protective Edge' in the Gaza Strip in mid-2014.According to officers from the company, the use of Humvees has since been expanded and that two operational squads have been created for rapid, mainly nocturnal high-speed manoeuvres that make little noise and maintain a low profile.The officers said the company did not have a specific vehicle before the adoption of the Humvee and that it mainly moved on foot when in combat zones to maintain a low-profile.According to company commander Major Yoav Amir, training exercises conducted in recent days have focused on moving deep into southern Lebanon ahead of the brigade's armoured units.The company's mission, Maj Amir said, will be to transmit real-time intelligence to forces advancing and ensure that viable routes are in place for the armoured vehicles following behind.He added that the use of the new vehicles will enable the unit to quickly close in on enemy targets, including guerrilla forces armed with shoulder-launched missiles lying in ambush, and to be able to quickly identify battlefield threats, such as improvised explosive devices.The reconnaissance company has the ability to take direct action against such threats or can covertly gather further intelligence, depending on conditions.Maj Amir described the Humvee as a flexible and swift platform that can navigate challenging terrain. He added that his unit's drivers are undergoing training for driving in tough conditions without lights.Although the Humvee can reach places that armoured personnel carriers would struggle to get to, Maj Amir said, the fact that the vehicle is unarmoured means that the IDF will stop short of sending it into an urban warfare setting.
Israel's High Command announced Monday the establishment of a new commando brigade to fall under the command of the 98th Paratrooper's Division. Lt. General Gadi Eisenkott, Israel Defence Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff, announced July 6 that the new commando brigade would consolidate four elite infantry units of the regular army (...)The new commando brigade will "improve joint operations of special forces in emergency conditions" and serve as "decisive front lines of the IDF against future challenges of the enemy ". (...) The brigade will be patterned after the US Army's 75th Ranger Regiment, but will be commanded by the 98th Paratrooper's Division rather than a new Joint Special Operations Command. Elite commando forces such as Sayeret Matkal, the IDF General Staff's Reconnaissance Unit, the Shaldag (Kingfisher) airborne commando unit and the Israel's Navy Flotilla 13 will continue to operate autonomously under traditional command chains and, in special missions, under joint command of the new IDF's new Depth Command which reports directly to Eisenkott and the IDF General Staff.
Ou seja, as Companhias Sayeret de cada Brigada vão passar a constituir essa Brigada?
The separate units that will be tranferred to the brigade are expected to continue functioning independently, or in conjuncture with brigade-level combat-teams (...) The new brigade [has] as the model of unified command (...) that of the Ranger brigade in the US Special Forces.