IDF to substantially increase precision missile arsenal

The IDF will significantly increase the number of precision munitions in its arsenal in the coming years now that a state budget has been finalized.

The amount of ammunition that the Israeli military will purchase from the United States will be substantially greater than what the IDF had previously due to the increased threats facing the country, as well as increased targets gathered by the military.

Israel purchased tens of thousands of precision guided munitions (PGMs) from the United States in recent years and used hundreds of joint direct attack munitions (JDAMs) during Operation Guardian of the Walls in May, leading to precision strikes. against targets in densely populated areas. Gaza Strip.

Although Washington has resupplied all JDAMs, said a senior official The Jerusalem Post that with the approval of the budget, the military plans to acquire much more than ever before 2024.

The military will increase that number even further by 2030.

“Our ability to create targets improves from one operation to another,” the officer said. “Our target bank is much larger than it was in the past and we need accurate ammunition.”

Although Washington replenished Israel’s JDAM reserves, the Americans are unwilling to provide Israel with all the requests the senior officer said.

The iron dome anti-missile system fires interception missiles as rockets are fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel, in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, on May 19, 2021 (credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI / FLASH90)

The IDF has been busy gathering thousands of targets in Gaza, Lebanon, Syria and even Iran for the past two years expecting rounds of violence to break out at any moment. The use of such extremely accurate munitions enables Israel to achieve strategic objectives in a crowded civilian environment with relatively small civilian casualty figures.

During the 11 days of fighting in May, the Hamas-led health ministry in Gaza said at least 243 Palestinians were killed during the fighting, including 66 children and adolescents, with 1,910 injured. Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar said 80 agents were killed during the fighting: 57 from Hamas and 22 from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

The Israeli army says that more than 100 agents belonging to the terrorist groups were killed and that some of the civilian casualties were caused by the fall of Hamas rockets or the collapse of civilian houses after an airstrike on the Hamas network of tunnels.

In addition to the large increase in precision weaponry that the IDF plans to purchase, some NIS 5 billion from the budget will go exclusively to what the IDF calls “Third Circle Threats”, usually a reference to Iran. The funds will be allocated to intelligence gathering capabilities, further increasing the army’s target bank and training.

Israel views Iran’s nuclear program as the number one challenge, and while Iran has consistently denied that it seeks to build a nuclear bomb, tensions have risen as the West seeks to resume talks on reactivating the deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear program. .

In the past year, there has been an increase in the number of interwar war operations carried out by Israel, as well as a number of targets hit, with most airstrikes targeting Iranian entrenchment and arms smuggling in Syria and even at sea.

The alleged Israeli attacks on Iranian ships are estimated to have prevented between $ 1.2 billion and $ 2 billion from going to terrorist groups in the Middle East.

But the IDF has admitted that Iran’s conventional missile threat is a major concern for Israel which, despite its multi-layered air defenses, may not be able to cope with the intensive missile bombardments launched by Iran and its groups of troops. power like Hezbollah in Lebanon or the Shiite militias. in Iraq.

The budget will also allow the IDF to complete other major defensive projects, such as the construction of the wall along the border with Lebanon and the implementation of permanent defensive cover in Israel’s northern airspace with additional fixed Iron Dome batteries that they could shoot down the incoming drones. or missiles.

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