Future Soldier Guide: Urban Tactical Unit (YATA)

In 2004-2006 the IDF developed and evaluated a new concept of a SF unit known as the "Urban Tactical Unit" ("YATA"). The YATA was designed to be the IDF spearhead in future LIC engagements, and once operational, could fight surgically and effectively against insurgents in urban areas, thus freeing other IDF SF units to focus on their wartime training.

The YATA specialized training and gear designed to provide it with a more autonomous and organic operational capability than other SF units, ensuring a faster time to target and minimize the chances for operational errors such as friendly fire.

The YATA was to be equipped with the latest in Israeli infantry technology such as:

  • Advanced protective gear including a new type of lightweight helmet.

  • IDF Future Soldier System - including its various subsystems.

  • Sniper Detection system - which can rapidly identify gunfire sources.

  • Rugged PDA with GPS module for receiving data and images from commands, nearby forces and over the hill intelligence gathering gear.

  • Digitized voice and data communication gear which is compatible with the IDF Digital Army Program, allowing for streamlined communication on the same unified platform between the IDF five Land Corps, and in the future with the IAF and the Israeli Navy.

  • Elbit Skylark micro UAV.

  • Advanced dog tags with embedded microchips containing encrypted vital medical information such as medical history, blood type, known allergies, etc. These dog tags plug into a special PDA, providing the medic/doctor with the information needed to administer the right treatment. The dog tag is then updated with the new information.

  • New vehicles such as the Namer, a Merkava based APC.

At the time, three main alternatives were evaluated for the operational creation of YATA:

  • Creating a new YATA outfit from scratch.

  • Converting an existing SF unit to a full time dedicated YATA outfit.

  • Adding YATA abilities to an existing SF unit.

The YATA concept was tested by the Givati infantry brigade Reconnaissance Battalion, but was eventually disbanded.

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