The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is testing an oxygen measuring unit on an armored personnel carrier at the country’s main military base in the Negev desert, the military said Monday.
The unit will measure the oxygen content of the air surrounding the vehicle, which is equipped with a small sensor to detect a drop in oxygen levels and send the information to a central server.
The data is used for operational planning.
The IDF said it will start testing the device later this month.
It will operate the unit in the first weeks of 2020, when the army is expected to deploy new tanks and armored personnel carriers in the area.
The army has been testing the equipment in the past, but this is the first time it will use the new model.
The new equipment will be deployed in the early months of 2020 and will provide soldiers with better situational awareness, according to the IDF.
The equipment is expected in 2021, the first year the army will operate new vehicles in the region.
The test will be carried out at a nearby facility where the equipment is being manufactured, the IDF said in a statement.