Israel’s Ghost Unit to Hunt for Hezbollah Rocket Cells

Unique unit to be declared fully operational soon; elite force develops new capabilities for rapid detection and destruction of Hezbollah targets.

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Israel’s Ghost Unit to fight in Lebanon (Archive: IDF/Creative Commons)

The IDF’s elite Ghost Unit will be tasked with hunting and destroying Hezbollah forces and assets in the next Lebanon war. The unique multidimensional force uses advanced tactics and technology to deliver massive firepower on the battlefield.

A Ghost battalion is capable of eliminating enemy targets that normally would require deploying an entire division, IDF officials told Ynet. In a recent drill, the unit trained for fighting in urban and fortified areas packed with explosive devices, the report said.

Ghost developed unprecedented abilities to operate in enemy territory, detect hostile forces and attack them, Makor Rishon weekly reported. The unit will be deployed in Lebanon to spot and quickly destroy Hezbollah rocket cells and launch sites, the report said.

In Hezbollah’s next clash with Israel, the group’s fighters will feel the full force of the IDF’s intelligence, artillery and precise munitions before they see even one Israeli soldier, a senior officer said.

The Ghost Unit, which combines unusually diverse skills, will play a key role in Israel’s upcoming month-long war exercise. During the drill, the army will prepare for combat on multiple fronts. After the exercise, Ghost will be declared fully operational, Ynet said.

Ghost leads IDF revolution

The IDF is using Ghost as a lab for testing out innovative military gear. Since its establishment, the unit experimented with hundreds of new weapons and approved 30 of them for use, Ynet reported.

Notably, Ghost specializes in deploying numerous technologies, including battlefield radars, advanced drones, surveillance gear and target-detection tools, the report said. The army plans to gradually integrate Ghost’s tactics and equipment across the military.

The new combat model developed by the unit is part of a revolution in the IDF’s military strategy, Makor Rishon reported. Under the new doctrine, the army will only deploy limited but highly capable and lethal forces in enemy territory.

Ghost’s elite forces will specialize in rapid raids and the use of enormous firepower, the report said. Meanwhile, traditional infantry and reserve forces will stay behind to support special operations and perform defensive missions, the report said.