By MIRA LAMANIS | The Jerusalem TimesPosted November 20, 2018 05:00:00The Israeli military is set to make its first batch to supply laser cutting machines to the Israeli air force, according to reports.
The news, first reported by the Israeli media on Friday, was first revealed by the Walla news site.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said the first batch will have to be assembled in the country’s air force.
The IDF also said the order was for 20 machines.
The IDF, which is also known as the Israel Defense Force (IDFA), has been working to equip its troops with cutting tools to replace those they lose.
The Israeli army has a large stockpile of cutting tools, including some that are being used by the IDF in Gaza.
The tools are meant to be used for other tasks such as machine-gunning, digging trenches, clearing mines and making repairs on the battlefield.
The new batch will include four machines and a laser cutter.
Israel’s defense minister, Moshe Yaalon, has said the Israeli military will have up to 30 laser cutting units in service by 2020.