'Magnet' Streamlines Air Force

A new computerized operations log designed to streamline data transfer has now been installed at all Israeli Air Force bases.

Hana Levi Julian , | updated: 08:54

Magnet presents situation report of all IAF o
Magnet presents situation report of all IAF o
Israel news photo: BaMahane

A new computerized operations log designed to streamline data transfer -- the "Magnet" system -- has been installed at all IAF bases. Development of the system first began in 2002 in the Ofek Computer Unit, but it only recently passed its final full review of its operational capabilities.

According to a report published in the IDF's in-house magazine BaMahane, the system presents a situation report of all IAF bases and includes a computerized operations log, allowing for faster transfer of relevant information.

The Magnet system is able to perform multiple functions simultaneously: during during security-related events, relevant areas are displayed with the number of casualties, concentration of IAF forces and independent situation updates from each base.

That information is then transferred to central control posts and to commanders of the various IAF units and departments. Emergency situation guidelines are saved in the system, thus enabling an operations commander to log in and receive instructions.

IAF Self-Defense Operations head Major Itzik Ben-Simon noted that the new system can also send a warning through a message on the screen that missiles are about to hit a base. “Until now, the alerts were given by phone from the control cell in Tel Aviv,” he said. “IAF commanders depend on it.”

Ben-Simon added that the system has also been presented to the IDF Army headquarters, where it is being considered for possible integration in the Ground Forces.




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