VIDEO – The IDF has released, for the first time Tuesday footage of the tracking system deployed along the Gaza border in order to thwart terror attacks.
The system, dubbed "spot and strike," is operated by the IDF's Field Intelligence Corps. The footage shows how the system targets a Palestinian terrorist who was involved in an attempted attack that took place in late December 2009.
The system was controlled by a female officer from the Nesher Observation Unit. The officer directed a military helicopter and a Golani force to the location of the terrorist, while also following three other cell members, thus foiling the attack.
The new system, which has been operational for about a year, affords the IDF a new and effective way of dealing with terror threats, army officials say.
"The system proves most effective when we're dealing with real-time events that require immediate response," Chief Field Intelligence Officer Eli Pollack told Ynet.
Lt.-Col. Eran Gabai, head of the Nesher Unit, added that the observers' work is very complex: "They canvass the area constantly to spot potential threats among otherwise mundane parameters."
The IDF found a ladder, ropes and explosives in the documented incident, indicating that the terrorists were planning to climb over the security fence in order to carry out their attack.
"Our officers and observers are part of almost every military operation today. Our challenge is to keep misleading the enemy," he concluded.