TEL AVIV (Aug. 28)
The Israel Defense Force’s artillery corps has developed two new pieces of equipment which give Israeli gunners “first shot accuracy” and, according to artillery corps commander Brig. Gen. Oded Tira, makes maps “almost superfluous.”
The new measuring systems, based on computer and laser technology, were developed and produced by the Tamam section of the Israel Aircraft Industries and are now being put into service in the corps.
Experts say very few similar systems have been developed elsewhere. The gunner is told, with great speed and accuracy, exactly where he is in relation to the target, almost making maps obsolete, Tira told a press conference yesterday, on the ocassion of Artillery Corps Day.
Two pieces of equipment are now being produced– a larger PADS position and Azimuth determining system for larger formations, and a smaller and cheaper LANS land navigation systems model designed for artillery spotters in forward positions. The LANS may also go into service as a navigational aid in other arms of the land forces.