The IDF´s Version of a GPS System (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 04/23/12)
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The technologically advanced army program “Tzayad,” meaning “hunter,”
enables units in the Israel Defense Forces to share information on
the location of friendly and hostile units, much like a GPS program
is able to easily locate home addresses, restaurants, and other
entertainment sites, the IDF blog reported.
Older versions of the operating system were employed during the 1990s
to guard Israel’s borders. However, following the Second Lebanon War
an updated version of the program was released, enabling units to
receive data from multiple sources simultaneously and interpret the
gathered information into a single stream, offering commanders the
information they need to make instant decisions while under fire.
Commanders can upload information about the location of their unit,
number of soldiers, and current weapons supply. Based on this
data, “Tzayad” determines whether the unit is in need of additional
ammunition and automatically requests the missing items, the IDF
In addition, much like the popular smart phone application “Waze,”
which displays traffic information on highways and roads, “Tzayad” is
capable of planning routes for officers and pinpointing dangers along
the way. Enemy positions are highlighted in red, as opposed to the
friendly locations, marked in blue.
Tzayad is also able to send messages to helicopter pilots who are
using the device, in case of the need to rapidly evacuate wounded
soldiers from the premises. “Tzayad” informs the pilots of the unit’s
exact location as well as topographical information necessary for a
In the event of a “Tzayad” unit being intercepted by enemy forces,
the system can be easily shut down by the IDF’s central command.
Tzayad comes in different sizes depending on the specific needs of
each unit and every field officer must complete the 15-day training
course necessary to operate the program, says the IDF.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/23/12)
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