The Israel Defense Forces has acquired a new system that will let it see exactly where every missile strike has landed if the home front is under attack.
The new system is a modification of an existing command-and-control system called Castle Lake, which gives details on the location of Israeli forces and, as far as they are known, of enemy targets - anything from rocket launchers to enemy commanders.
With the modification, Castle Lake will now also display a map of the country on which every missile that hits will be marked. In addition to giving the location of the hit, the system will provide information on what kind of missile was launched, how much damage it caused and how long the home front has been under assault. That will enable commanders to factor developments on the home front into their operational decisions.
The home front data will also enable commanders to evaluate the effectiveness of Israel’s operations against the enemy: for instance, whether attacking a Hezbollah stronghold in Lebanon had any effect on the rate of rocket launches from Lebanon.
The system was used for the first time last week, as part of a large-scale war games exercise.
“Essentially, commanders can see the effectiveness of the decisions they made and the way in which forces are being deployed,” an officer in the army’s C4I directorate explained. “It will be possible to go into the details of every launch - where it was fired from, what kind of missile it was, and how much damage it caused.”