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SAR Unit 669 Conclusive Exercise Release date 26.04.2018
Combat in multiple theatres, evacuation of casualties, downed pilot search-and-rescue and various other scenarios. This is only a small part of SAR (Search-and-rescue) Unit 669's conclusive training exercise, which occurred this week
Carmel Stern

Next week, a new generation of SAR (Search-and-rescue) Unit 669 operators will join the IAF after 18 months of training. Before graduating, the cadets participated in a conclusive training exercise, as part of which they drilled various missions practiced throughout the course.


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“The exercise featured each one of the unit’s designated search-and-rescue capabilities, combined with complex scenarios. The teams practiced full wartime scenarios”, elaborated Maj. A’, Commander of the Combat SAR Academy. “The exercise was a week-long war simulation, including simulation of operations on the border of Israel and in enemy territory. These are the most complex exercises the combatants have ever practiced”.


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Wartime Scenarios
Throughout the week, the operators established an encampment in the northern theatre, performed missions in "Yas'ur" (CH-53 Sea Stallion) and "Yanshuf" (Black Hawk) transport helicopters and simulated various wartime scenarios. "We drilled evacuation under fire and downed pilot search-and-rescue", said Maj. A'. "The missions are planned thoroughly based on previous operational events. For example, we drilled using a crashed helicopter chassis. We also utilized combatants from several divisions emulating large crowds and the operators had to identify casualties".

There are four conclusive weeks spread throughout the year-and-a-half-long course – one at the end of each stage. "First, we focus on each operator, then we focus on the fireteams and then on the entire platoon. All elements were examined together during the final week. The final week is the conclusive test, where we drill every potential operational scenario", explained the Commander of the Combat SAR Academy. "The exercise was adjusted according to recent operational events in the IAF. We learn a lot from our operations".


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Almost Operational
Like the cadets, the commanding staff has also had a complex week. "The staff is incredibly dedicated, working around the clock with responsibility and devotion", emphasized Maj. A'. IAF transport helicopter squadrons also took part in the exercise, participating in routine operational activity alongside the exercise. "We emphasize cooperation with the squadrons in the first months of training in order to develop a clear mutual language. We want to succeed in our mission of evacuation and this is the way to do it. As soon as they graduate, they will begin participating in operational activity".


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