Israel’s Defense Forces' Transportation Center has plans to continue military supplies even under missile attack.
Col. Gil Galron, the center’s commander, told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday “If the IDF is like a human body, we are the heart and veins. We stream vital components to the whole of the IDF”.
The center is dependent mostly on the nation’s network of highways and roads to move its trailers and semitrailers around. However, in case if the roads become useless because of Hezbollah missile attack then the center still has various back up plans as it can use an advanced command and control center to offer an alternative route to convoys.
Further if the backup routes are also blocked, then the IDF’s Engineering Corps vehicles will arrive to open the blockages and assist the drivers to complete their journeys.
“We have mapped out all possible routes, from point to point, together with Netivei Israel – National Transport Infrastructure Company and the Israel Police,” Galron said at the center’s main base near Ben-Gurion Airport.
The IDF's Transportation Center assures that the military has ammunition, food, armored vehicles, missiles, weapons, spare parts and fuel.
The center prepared a working plan to make its complex transport operations more efficient after Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012. The center set up a digital command and control system, called ‘Snow’ which enables it to track in real time the location and mission of each vehicle and change its course, or that of its whole convoy, in seconds.
“Every vehicle is represented by an on-screen icon, showing its location, destination, load and driver,” Galron added.
When Galron was asked by reporters if he could foresee self-driving trucks moving supplies around to the military, he said that this would likely to occur in the future.