Israel has successfully tested its powerful Iron Beam laser-based air defense system. The missile interception technology is expected to reduce the high costs currently incurred while shooting down aerial threats. Israel is intending to build the laser with 100 kilowatts of power, which will be capable of detecting drones up to a maximum range of 20 kilometers (12.4 miles). The ground-based laser system is being developed to enhance the prowess of the existing air defense systems — including the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and Arrow. It is expected eventually to be deployed on land, air, and the sea.
— from The Defense Post
Quote: “This is the world’s first energy-based weapons system that uses a laser to shoot down incoming UAVs, rockets, and mortars at a cost of $3.50 per shot. It may sound like science fiction, but it’s real.”
— Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Twitter
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