Israel: Kfir brigade to turn into maneuvering infantry force

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi has decided that the Kfir Brigade will be converted into a more lethal maneuvering infantry force capable of penetrating deep into enemy territory as part of the military’s ‘Momentum’ multi-year plan.

“This is a big change for the brigade,” IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Hildai Zilberman said, adding that it is “of great importance” to the future of the Israeli military.

According to Zilberman, the change was made after “thorough” discussions were held by the general staff which “decided that the IDF needs more infantry and that that infantry needs to be more lethal.”

Kochavi made the announcement while on a visit to troops belonging to the brigade’s Haruv reconnaissance unit which the previous night foiled an infiltration attempt by three armed Gazan youths.

Established in 2005 as a response to the need to combat Palestinian terrorism in the West Bank, specializes in fighting in both the West Bank and Gaza fronts. With the new changes, the brigade will be able to confront enemy forces on both the Southern and Northern fronts.

The IDF’s largest infantry brigade, the Kfir brigade has five battalions: Nachshon Battalion (90th), Shimshon Battalion (92th), Haruv Battalion (93th), Duchifat Battalion (94th), and Netzah Yehuda Battalion (97th).

As part of the new plan, the Kfir Brigade will undergo significant changes to its structure and will like the other IDF’s other maneuvering brigades- the Paratroopers, Givati, Golani and Nahal Brigades- have only four battalions.