By Arie Egozi
In the coming months Israel defense forces (IDF) intend to test Green Shield system developed by Israeli company Safe Shoot. The unique system will be tested by new98 “Ghost” unit of the forces, the multi-dimensional unit. The IDF is currently fighting the “war between wars” – small operations to stop the enemies far and near, accumulating mass potential to perform major attacks against Israel. This is achieved by attacks on shipments of Iranian made accurate missiles to the Hezbollah in Lebanon, and allegedly disrupting the Iranian nuclear program by “a variety of means”.
To be more effective in the “war between wars” and in major fighting, the IDF decided to implement a multi-dimensional strategy. In simple words- closing the sensor to shooter cycle as fast as possible and then attacking the target with massive fire that will end the fighting in a short time.
To achieve that, the IDF formed the new multi-dimensional unit. It is based very generally on the idea of the US military concept of revolution in military affairs (RMA) that was developed years ago in order to lay the basis for the change in the US army. The new unit is described as a “Battalion with the capabilities of a division.”
Israeli sources said that the unit will be equipped with highly sophisticated weapon systems and will be able to directly operate in air and sea units to get the advantage in battle. This is without the need to ask other military echelons to approve or even coordinate.
“This unit will be able to produce very accurate fire power based on intelligence generated by tools that have never been in the tool box of any unit in the IDF,” an Israeli source said. It makes a lot of sense that the Green Shield system will be tested by the new multi-dimensional unit. This unit will be able to locate the enemy fast and hit it with the minimum sensor to shooter time.
When so many diversified fire sources are involved, one very important mission is to avoid friendly fire. This is exactly what the Green Shied does.
According to Amir Nadan, CEO of Safe Shoot, Green Shield is a system that prevents friendly fire and enhances the situation awareness of the shooter. “The wide range of sensors used by our system ensures the highest possible safety standards.”
Brig General (Res.) Nadan held very high-ranking positions in the IDF’s Paratroopers Brigade and the Northern Command.
The CEO added that using the system reduces the load on headquarters; created by the need to coordinate between forces, and therefore release the HQ to other more needed tasks.
He explained that each participant in a shooting activity is equipped with a Green Shield device. Upon taking aim, the system immediately and automatically alerts shooters when there is a high risk of friendly fire, thus preventing a potentially disastrous outcome.
Brig General (Res.) Nadan told Raksha Anirveda that the system was tested by the US army in March 2020, and creates great interest in other armed forces. “Our system is the solution for the major and deadly problem of friendly fire. We simply solve it.”
He further told this Correspondent that India is a big potential market for the company’s products. “We already transferred some systems to different organization is India. We assess that the Indian Army and border patrol units can be seen as initial customers.”
According to the Israeli company, the Green Shield system is a light weight, modular, self-contained, battery operated system. The device can be operated during daylight, darkness, adverse weather and dirty battlefield condition.
The system has two parts: A weapon mounted part that weight 50 gram and a second part that is carried inside the user combat vest that weight 200 gram. The weapon mounted part can be mounted on the weapon without having to remove the Rifle Combat Optic or Close Combat Optic. This allows using the same aiming tactics, techniques and procedures.
According to Brig General (Res.) Nadan, it provides a wireless target link between the users. The range can be increased with different configurations of the system.
The system as a whole can operate in stand-alone mode and can easily be integrated with other systems like aiming devices, sights, observation or Command and Control existing or futuristic solutions. This flexibility, the company says, that knowing where your troops are, significantly improves the overall situational awareness, command flexibility and effectiveness of the whole performance.
The Green Shield system provides a solution for misidentification of friendly forces and improves inter-force coordination between all forces including aviation and ground forces. The system has different configurations applicable to tanks, attack helicopters, UAV, aircraft, infantry and ground support forces. It allows rapid maneuvering with close fire support, continuity of combat operations and improves tactical situation awareness in different terrains even in urbanized and complex terrains.
The SafeShoot CEO says that contrary to other command and control systems currently available, the Green Shield system automatically and autonomously alerts the shooters when there is a high risk of friendly fire, without the need of direct headquarters control or even network link bringing back confidence and trust at all levels.The system can be expanded into after-action-review and reporting (AAR).
The vest mounted part should be carried by every soldier and the weapon mounted part should be mounted on every light weight weapon. Similar device should be connected to heavy weapons such as tank, UAV and helicopters. The capability should be used in all weather and light conditions and the recommended number is one per person or weapon system.
According to the company’s CEO, the system improves the combat capability in any multi-force operation that combines infantry, support fire, combat tanks, UAV and other systems.
-The writer is an International Roving Correspondent of this publication