Balaclava Masks

Balaclava masks are commonly used by SF units for a variety of reasons:

  • Some are made from fire retardant materials and provide limited protection against burns

  • Provide some protection against debris

  • Create an additional intimidation and crowd control factor

  • Maintain operators' identity, particularly during urban deployment when bystanders or the media may be present

  • Provide a protective and warmth layer during cold weather operations

  • Help with camouflaging the face area

Military balaclava are typically black, although in recent years tan and woodland patterns balaclava used for camouflage purposes have been in service as well. Due to the reasons above and their 'coolness' factor, in recent years infantry units can also be commonly seen wearing balaclava during deployment in the Territories.

Black


LOTAR Eilat sniper wearing an urban camouflage suit and armed with Mauser 86SR during training. The camouflage suit appears to be worn on top of a vest, which explains the bulky figure.

 

YAHALOM operators in full gear prior to deployment in the Territories. Left operator is armed with a handgun in a thigh holster and a M4A1 fitted with a Trijicon ACOG 4x32, a flashlight, a rail system, a forward grip and a Beamshot laser module. Middle operator armed with a M4A1 fitted with a Trijicon ACOG 4x32 and a forward grip.

 

PALSAR Golani operators armed with Mini Uzi during training at the IDF Counter Terror School. Note that the left Mini Uzi is fitted with a flashlight. Also note a third operator in the background armed with a M4A1 fitted with a Trijicon ACOG 4x32, a bipod, grip and a flashlight.

 

Duvdevan operator during training armed with a M4 Commando fitted with a flip-up sight, an ITL MARS, a folding forward grip, a flashlight, a rail system and a blanks firing attachment (photo: Yoni Nissan).

 

Blue


MATILAN operators posing in full gear before operation. The operators are armed with Colt Commandos fitted with Trijicon Reflex and flashlights.

 

White


Alpinistim operator armed with a CAR15 during training.

 

PALSAR Golani operator armed with a Shorty M4A1/M203 combo fitted with a Meprolight Mepro 21 and a Meprolight GLS203 during extreme weather training in Mount Hermon.

 

Woodland


Egoz operators during training. Left operator armed with Micro Tavor fitted with a Trijicon ACOG 4x32, a flashlight, a forward grip, and a Harris bipod; middle operator armed with a Negev Commando fitted with an ITL MARS and a forward grip; right operator armed with a Micro Tavor / M203 combo fitted with a Meprolight Mepro 21. Note woodland pattern face masks (photo: IDF).

 

Egoz operator during training armed with a Micro Tavor in a fitted with a LI-OR X3, a bipod, a forward grip and AN/PEQ-14. The operator is also equipped with an AN/PVS-7 (photo: IDF).

 

Egoz operators during training. Left operator armed with a camouflaged designated marksman Micro Tavor, including a 15'' barrel, a Trijicon ACOG, a bipod, a forward grip and an AN/PEQ-14; middle operator armed with a camouflaged standard 13" barrel Micro Tavor, an ITL MARS and forward grip/bipod combo; right operator armed with a Negev Commando fitted with a M4-style stock and a Meprolight MOR. Left and middle operators' helmets fitted with AN/PVS-23, right operator's helmet fitted with an ITL N/SEAS (photo: IDF).

 

Tan


Rimon operators during training armed with (from left to right): a Micro Tavor fitted a Meprolight Mepro 21; a Micro Tavor fitted with a Meprolight M21 and a flashlight; a Glock handgun and a Micro Tavor; a Micro Tavor fitted with a Meprolight Mepro 21 and a Trijicon ACOG magnifier. All weapons are also fitted with forward grips/bipod combos. Note three shades of Micro Tavor - including factory black (left), factory tan (middle) and painted tan (right), and desert camouflage, including shoes, uniforms, vests, face masks, helmet covers, and Mitznefet (photo: IDF).

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