‘Chariots of Fire’ drill delayed until 2022
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‘Chariots of Fire’ drill delayed until 2022

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IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi has postponed the large-scale Chariots of Fire exercise to the first half of next year, the military announced on Monday.

The postponement of the four-week long drill is to allow the IDF to take all the operational lessons that will come up at the end of the debriefings and investigations into Operation Guardian of the Walls, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said, adding that the investigation and learning process will take place in the coming months.

The drill was supposed to take place in May but was delayed due to the outbreak of fighting with Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip.
“In addition, it will be possible to examine additional capabilities that are expected to be absorbed into the various IDF units as part of the continued implementation of Momentum,” the multi-year plan.

Thousands were set to take part in the drill with all commands including the Air Force, Navy and regular and reserve forces taking part as well as the Defense Ministry, the National Emergency Authority, the Foreign Affairs Ministry, and other bodies.

The drill will simulate a multi-front war against Israel’s enemies including urban warfare and will hold maneuvers overseas, to simulate operating behind enemy lines in new and unknown terrain that simulates combat in the northern arena.

The goal of the drill is to improve the readiness of the entire military and improve the connections and communications between all branches, from the highest officer to the soldier on the frontlines. It also aims to improve the IDF’s and civilian bodies’ abilities to transition from routine to a full emergency scenario with multiple areas that are constantly evolving.

A “cabinet” will also be established to simulate the political echelon that would be an active partner in the decision-making process during the war month. The cabinet is made up of former military officers in reserve.

According to the IDF the drill is unique and unprecedented in scope and will enable the army to maintain a high level of readiness in an ever-changing region. It aims to improve the military’s capabilities in an intense, multi-front and prolonged war on all its borders.

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