Israel Announces Imminent Offensive in Response to HAMAS Attacks with Air - Sea and Land Strikes

In the wake of recent attacks by HAMAS militants coming from the Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released a statement on October 14, 2023, detailing their ongoing preparations for a comprehensive offensive strategy. The IDF has indicated that their operational plans could encompass coordinated strikes from the air, sea, and land.
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IDF battalions and soldiers are deployed across the country and are increasing operational readiness for the next stages of the war, with an emphasis on significant ground operations. (Picture source Israeli Army)

Over the past few days, IDF soldiers have confronted HAMAS terrorists within Israeli communities and military outposts near the Gaza border. The Israeli forces successfully reclaimed control over these areas, evacuating the injured and confiscating weapons utilized by the militants.

In tandem with these efforts, the IDF's Ground Forces, in collaboration with the Technological and Logistics Directorate (J4), are gearing up for a broader combat scenario. To facilitate this, the directorate has set up Forward Logistics Centers (FLC). These centers are designed to swiftly provide combat units with the necessary equipment. Recent days have seen a swift transfer of combat essentials to the appropriate forces. Currently, various units within the Technological and Logistics Directorate (J4) are finalizing the provision of advanced technological tools and equipment as required.

Across Israel, IDF battalions and soldiers are on high alert, bolstering their operational readiness for the impending stages of the conflict. There is a marked emphasis on preparing for significant ground operations.

Land Forces:

The Israeli Ground Forces have around 200,000 military personnel. They are equipped with a significant number of armored vehicles and artillery. They have around 2,200 tanks, with 1,760 of them being combat-ready. The forces also possess 56,290 armored vehicles, 650 self-propelled artillery pieces, and 300 towed artillery pieces.

Air Forces:

The Israeli Air Force has approximately 89,000 personnel and possesses a total of 601 aircraft, of which 481 are considered ready for deployment. This inventory includes 241 fighter jets, 32 attack aircraft, 15 transport planes, 153 training aircraft, 23 special-mission aircraft, and 11 tankers. Additionally, the Air Force has 126 helicopters, with 48 of them being attack helicopters.

Naval Forces:

The Israeli Navy has approximately 20,000 personnel and its fleet comprises a variety of vessels, although they do not have aircraft carriers. They have 7 corvettes and 5 submarines. Additionally, the Navy operates 45 patrol vessels. The exact numbers for other types of ships like destroyers, frigates, and mine warfare vessels were not specified in the provided data.

Defense News October 2023