Ofek unit

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Unit Ofek 324
יחידת אופק
OfekUnit.png
Founded2005
Country Israel
BranchAir Force Ensign of Israel.svg Israeli Air Force
Typeoperational technology unit
Part ofFlag of the Israel Defense Forces.svg Israel Defense Forces
Garrison/HQHaKirya, Tel Aviv
EquipmentComputers
Commanders
Current
commander
Colonel Yariv

Ofek 324 is the IAF's operational technology unit. It is responsible for developing operational system programs and operation of the air force's computer systems. It also carries out research and development, cyber defense, and maintenance work.[1]

The unit operates from three different IAF bases and is subordinate to the IAF Equipment Group. Its current head is Colonel Y.

Ofek was established in December 2005, by merging two former IAF computing units, Unit 180 (founded 1959, responsible for combat support systems) and Mamdas (founded 1967, responsible operational systems).[2][3][4]

The unit's first battle was about 6 months after its establishment, during the Second Lebanon War, under Colonel Asahel. In 2015, shifted focus to operational technology and intelligence.[2][1]

The units emblem is made up of four components:[1]

  • The IAF wing emblem
  • An owl - a determined animal capable of seeing far into the distance.
  • A circular arrow target - related to its role of providing the IAF with significant operational capabilities
  • A computer network - representing technology.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Peleg, May (2019). "Ofek: Innovation in Technology". The Israeli Air Force.
  2. ^ a b Feinsky, Shira (2020). "אתר חיל-האוויר : דצמבר : יחידת "אופק 324" מציינת 15 שנים של עשייה ביטחונית". The Israeli Air Force.
  3. ^ "יחידת ממד"ס ויחידת 180 התמזגו". The Israeli Air Force. Retrieved 22 December 2005.
  4. ^ "Ofek 324 Unit - IAF". Linkedin.com.