The Israeli Army is the ground component of the Israel Defence Forces. It was formed as a separate force in 2008 under the military reforms introduced by the Abramovicz government.


The Israeli Army is organised into a number of geographical commands to cover Israel's borders, as well as terrorist activity from Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza Strip.

Combat CommandsEdit

  • Israeli Northern Command
    • Northern Corps HQ
    • 36th "Gaash"/"Rage" Armor Division (Regular)
      • 7th "Saar me-Golan"/"Storm from Golan" Armor Brigade
      • 188th "Barak"/"Lightning" Armor Brigade
      • 1st "Golani" Infantry Brigade
        • Egoz Reconnaissance Unit
    • 91st "Galil"/"Galilee" Division (Territorial)
    • 3x Reserve Armor Divisions, including "ha-Mapatz" (319th) Armored Division
    • 3x Reserve Logistic Support Units (5001st "Northern Golan", 5002nd "Lebanon" & 5003rd "Southern Golan")
    • Northern Command Signal Battalion
    • "Shahaf"/"Seagull" Field Intelligence Battalion
    • Engineer & Construction Battalion
    • Alpinist Unit (a reserve unit specializing in mountain warfare)
  • Israeli Central Command
    • Central Corps HQ
    • 162nd "Ha-Plada"/"The Steel" Armor Division (Regular)

401st "I'kvot Ha-Barzel"/"Iron Trails" Armor Brigade 933rd "Nahal" Infantry Brigade 900th "Kfir"/"Young Lion" Infantry Brigade (Battalions are operatively attached to the regional brigades in the West Bank Division)

    • 98th "Ha-Esh"/"The Fire" Paratroopers Division (Reserve)
      • 35th "Flying Serpent" Paratroopers Brigade (Regular)
      • 226th "Ha-Nesher ha-Shahor"/"The Black Eagle" Paratroopers Brigade (Reserve)
      • 551th "Hetzei Ha-Esh"/"Arrows of Fire" Paratroopers Brigade (Reserve)
      • 623th "Hod Ha-Hanit"/"Head of the Spear" Paratroopers Brigade (Reserve)
      • 646th "Shualey Merom"/"Sky Foxes" Paratroopers Brigade (Reserve)
    • West Bank Division (Territorial)
    • Two Reserve Armor Divisions, including 340th "Idan" Armored Division.
    • 5004th "Central Command" Logistic Support Unit
    • Central Command Signal Battalion
    • Engineer & Construction Battalion
    • "Nitzan"/"Bud" Field Intelligence Battalion
    • "Erez" Military Police Battalion
    • "Ta’oz" Military Police Battalion
  • Israeli Southern Command
    • Southern Corps HQ
    • 366th "Amud ha-Esh"/"Pillar of Fire" Armor Division (Reserve)
      • 460th "Bnei Or"/"Sons of Light" Armor Training Brigade
      • 84th "Giv'ati" Infantry Brigade
      • 209th Artillery Regiment "Amud ha-Esh"/"Pillar of Fire"
      • 10th (Reserve) Armor Brigade "Har'el"
    • Gaza Division (Territorial)
      • Gefen Territorial Brigade (south)
      • Katif Territorial Brigade (north)
    • 80th "Edom" Division (Territorial)
      • Arava Territorial Brigade (east)
      • Sagi Territorial Brigade (west)
      • 7489 (Reserve) Artillery Regiment "Shaham"
    • Two Reserve Armor Divisions, including 252nd 'Sinai' Armd Div
    • 5005th "South West" & 5006th "South" Logistic Support Unit (Reserve)
    • Southern Command Signal Battalion
    • "Nesher"/"Eagle" Field Intelligence Battalion
    • Engineer & Construction Battalion
    • "Rotem" Eilat Area (Res)Counter Terrorism Unit
  • Israeli Home Front Command
    • The Search and Rescue School (Bahad 16)
    • The Unified Northern District
    • The Dan District
    • The Central District
    • The Jerusalem District
    • The Southern District
    • "Shahar"/"Dawn" Search and Rescue Btn.

Special ForcesEdit

  • Sayeret Matkal
  • Mistaravim
  • Sayeret Yahalom (combat engineering)
  • Yehidat Shaldag
  • Unit Oketz (K-9)
  • Duvdevan Unit


  • General Staff
    • Planning Directorate
    • Operations Directorate
      • IDF Spokesperson
    • Intelligence Directorate
      • Intelligence Corps
      • Military Censor
    • Manpower Directorate
      • Military Police Corps
      • Education and Youth Corps
      • Adjutant Corps
      • General Corps
      • Military Rabbinate
      • Womens' Affairs advisor
      • Chief Reserve Officer
    • Computer Service Directorate
      • C4I Corps
    • Technological and Logistics Directorate
      • Ordnance Corps
      • Logistics Corps
      • Medical Corps


Small ArmsEdit


  • SIG-Sauer P226 9mm Pistol
  • Glock 17 9mm Pistol

Submachine GunsEdit

  • Uzi 9mm Submachine Gun
    • Mini-Uzi 9mm Submachine Gun
    • Micro Uzi 9mm Machine Pistol
    • Micro Uzi Para 9mm Machine Pistol


  • IMI Tavor TAR-21 5.56mm Rifle
    • GTAR-21 - notched barrel version, to accept an M203 40 mm under-barrel grenade launcher.
    • CTAR-21 - compact short barrel version intended for commandos and special forces.
    • STAR-21 - designated marksman version with folding under-barrel bipod.
    • MTAR-21 - extremely compact weapon (convertible to 9mm)
  • M16 5.56mm Rifle
    • M4 5.56mm Carbine
    • CAR-15 5.56mm Carbine
    • Colt Commando 5.56mm Carbine
    • M4/M203 5.56mm Carbine/Grenade Launcher
    • CAR-15/M203 5.56mm Carbine/Grenade Launcher
    • Colt Commando/M203 5.56mm Carbine/Grenade Launcher
    • M203A1 5.56mm Rifle/Grenade Launcher
    • M16A2E3 Designated Marksman System
    • M16A1 5.56mm Rifle (Reserves only)
  • IMI Galil 5.56mm Rifle
    • Galatz 7.62mm Sniper Rifle
  • M40 7.62mm Sniper Rifle
  • Knights SR-25 7.62mm Sniper Rifle
  • M89SR 7.62mm Sniper Rifle
  • M82A1 12.7mm Sniper Rifle

Machine GunsEdit

  • IMI Negev 5.56mm Light Machine Gun
  • FN MAG 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Gun
  • M60 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Gun
  • M1919A4 Browning 7.62mm Medium Machine Gun (vehicles)
  • M2 Browning 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun

Support WeaponsEdit

  • B-300 Shoulder-launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon
    • Shipon Anti-Tank Missile
  • MATADOR Anti-Armour Weapon
  • Spike-SR Anti-Tank Missile
  • Spike-MR Anti-Tank Missile
  • Spike-LR Anti-Tank Missile
  • Mk 19 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher
  • Soltam 60mm Mortar
  • Soltam 81mm Mortar
  • Soltam 120mm Mortar
  • FIM-92 Stinger surface-to-air missile

Armoured VehiclesEdit


  • Merkava
    • Merkava Mark 1
    • Merkava Mark 2
    • Merkava Mark 3
    • Merkava Mark 4
    • Namer Infantry Fighting Vehicle
    • Nemmera Armored Recovery Vehicle
  • M60 Patton
    • Magach 6 (Reserve)
    • Magach 7 (Reserve)
    • M88 Recovery Vehicle
    • M60A1 Armored Vehicle Launched Bridge (AVLB)

Armoured Personnel CarriersEdit

  • Tiran 5/6 derivatives
    • IDF Achzarit
  • Sho't derivatives
    • Nagmachon
    • Nakpadon
  • Merkava derivatives
  • Namer Infantry Fighting Vehicle
  • M113
    • Bardehlas (Hebrew for cheetah) - Israeli designation of the M113 APC. The name is rarely used, the M113 is usually referred to as Nagmash (APC).
    • Zelda - Upgraded Bardehlas (M113) with Toga armor suite - perforated steel plates mounted on an external frame around the front and sides of the vehicle. A special command version with additional radio equipment and auxiliary power unit also exists. The command version is usually referred to as Nagmash pikud (command APC).
    • Classical or Zelda 2 - M113 equipped with reactive armor and armored shields around roof hatches. Was introduced in mid-1990s and saw action in the Southern Lebanon security zone. The added weight of armor led to limited mobility and reliability problems and the vehicle was eventually removed from service.
    • Nagman - M113 equipped with Toga armor suite, hexagonal superstructure around the commander's hatch and armored shields on the sides of the rear roof hatch.
    • Kasman (Kesem ha-Mangina – The Charm of Music) - An urban warfare / counter insurgency version developed during the Al-Aqsa Intifada. Equipped with Toga armor suite and big armored superstructure around the roof hatches.
    • Kasman Magen or Kasman Meshupar - Upgraded Kasman with modified superstructure and external fuel tanks.
    • Giraf - M113 with TOW launcher.
    • Hovet, also spelled Chovet - Israeli designation for the M163 VADS.
    • Machbet - An Israeli upgrade of the M163 VADS. In addition to the 20 mm M61 Vulcan rotary cannon, armed with 4-tubes FIM-92 Stinger surface-to-air missile launcher.
    • M48 Chaparral - launch vehicle for the MIM-72 Chaparral
    • Hatap, also spelled Chatap - A field repair vehicle for carrying spare part and equipment specific to the vehicles its tasked to support.
    • Mugaf - Israeli designation of the M577 command post carrier.
    • Alfa - Israeli designation of the M548 cargo carrier.
    • Shilem - Unarmored vehicle equipped with EL-M-2310 radar for artillery forces.
    • M113 AMEV - Armored Medical Evacuation Vehicle. A specifically modified and equipped M113 for use as an armored ambulance.
    • Urban Fighter - IMI developed modification, with upgraded "Iron Wall" armor, capable of repelling IED and EFP attacks.[3]
    • Keshet - 120 mm mortar carrier.
  • Wolf Armoured Vehicle
  • Golan Armored Vehicle
  • RAM
    • Ram-V1 - Basic vehicle with 2 LMG mounts
    • Ram-V1 [Medevac] - Adapted to carry three stretchers
    • Ram-V1 [Mobile Fire Base 1] - Fitted with Mk19 40mm AGL on central pedestal and 3 LMG
    • Ram-V1 [Mobile Fire base 2] - Fitted with 50cal HMG on central pedestal and 3 LMG
    • Ram-V1 [TOW] - Fitted with TOW mount and stowage for 12 missiles
    • Ram-V1L - Fitted with TCM-20 turret

Armoured Engineering VehiclesEdit

  • Caterpillar D9 Armoured Bulldozer
  • Puma (Sho't derivative)


Towed ArtilleryEdit

  • Soltam M-68 155mm howitzer
  • Soltam M-71 155mm howitzer
  • Soltam 845P 155mm howitzer

Self-Propelled ArtilleryEdit

  • ATMOS 2000 self-propelled 155mm howitzer
  • M109 155mm self-propelled howitzer
  • M107 175mm self-propelled gun
  • M110 203mm self-propelled howitzer

Rocket ArtilleryEdit

  • Menatetz (M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS))
  • MGM-52 Lance
  • LAR-160 Multiple Rocket Launcher
  • LORA Surface Attack Missile

Anti-Tank WeaponsEdit

  • M40 106mm Recoilless Rifle
  • Spike-ER Anti-Tank Missile
  • BGM-71 TOW
  • Nimrod

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