Canine Usage

In the IDF, SF canine services are provided by Oketz. In law enforcement, some of the larger SF units, have their own canine elements, while others rely on Oketz.

Oketz


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Right - an Oketz operator armed with a AK47 and two Dobermans during training with Shayetet 13, 1975. Left, S'13 officer wearing special protective gear since he played the terrorist in this simulation. The two Dobermans seen in the photo were Steve and Tommy. They two dogs used to work and train together and were killed by terrorists fire in the Misgav Ham Kibbutz incident in 1980.

Oketz operator and dog during deployment with Egoz in the Territories.

PALSAR 401 operators and Oket’z operator and his dog (second from right) during training. Weapons from left to right: a M4A1 fitted with an ITL MARS, a rail system, a forward grip and a flashlight; a M4A1/M203 combo fitted with a Meprolight Mepro 21 and a flashlight; a M4 Commando fitted with a Meprolight Mepro 21, a forward grip and a flashlight; and a M4 Commando fitted with a Meprolight Mepro 21 and a flashlight. Note desert pattern uniforms and camouflaged weapons.

LOTAR Eilat operators during training with a Oketz operator and his dog. Note the markings on the walls, which resulted from paintball and Simmunition training.

YAHALOM operators and an Oketz operator and his dog (middle) during training. Note a compact EOD UGV in the foreground (photo: IDF).

YAMAM


YAMAM operators and their attack dog seen here during a barricaded individual incident in the British Embassy in Tel Aviv, 1996.

YAMAM and Duvdevan operators, including a YAMAM dog, during deployment. Note a EOD robot in the background.

YAMAM operators and their dog during training. The operators are armed with M4 Commando fitted with EOTech, AN/PEQ-15 and compensators (photo: IDF).

MATILAN


MATILAN operators and their dog during training. The operators are armed with Colt Commando fitted with Meprolight Mepro 21, flashlight and Shotguard blanks adapter. Note camouflage pattern uniforms and Oakley eye protection (photo: Israeli Police).

Masada


Masada operators, including an operator and his dog, during training. The operators are equipped with paintball guns fitted with Meprolight M5, flashlights and forward grips (photo: IPS).

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