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Wednesday, July 13, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Israel starts all-female 'Hummer Operators Unit'

TEL AVIV — The Israel Army is using an advanced U.S.-origin system to train women soldiers in urban warfare.


The Army has been training women soldiers to operate the Hummer combat vehicle in urban warfare missions. A military statement said the training has been facilitated by the use of the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System, or MILES, developed by Lockheed Martin.

"The training they provide includes how to drive a Hummer on various surfaces and landscapes, avoiding the enemy line of fire, and operating the Hummer using various systems," the military said. "The IDF's Hummer Operators Unit is the only all-female unit of Hummer operators in any army in the world."

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In a statement on July 10, the military said the army was training only women to operate the U.S.-operated Hummer, also known as the Humvee and operated in Afghanistan and Iraq, Middle East Newsline reported. The military said the Hummer Operator Unit receives a new group of combat soldiers every week to learn how to drive the 2.4-ton vehicle.

"The operators take part and participate in the battalion and brigade exercises just like any soldier," the military said.

MILES has been deployed to help Hummer operators respond to live fire and other urban attacks. The military said the system used lasers and other sensors to replace ammunition, with different colors signifying a hit.

"Red means that the vehicle has been struck severely — for example, if the vehicle has been shot in the motor," the military said. "Green means lightly hit — for example, if the vehicle has been hit in the wheel. Through this laser system, the operators are able to effectively simulate a combat experience as closely as possible."

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