America’s Lockheed Martin Corporation and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems have agreed to work jointly to develop ground-based laser weapons for Israel. The Principles of Cooperation agreement noted they will “also explore the opportunities to market this system in the U.S.” Laser weapons targeting a variety of incoming aerial threats could be a game-changer in warfare, in part because of the low cost of interceptions.
Quote: “We are honored to work with the Israeli government and industry to address this critical security need that will support Israel’s national security. Rafael is a world-class defense company, and we look forward to expanding our existing collaboration by leveraging our respective capabilities in high-energy laser systems to address this growing threat.”
— Tim Cahill, Lockheed Martin senior vice president of global business development
Sources: Wikipedia (introduction), The Jerusalem Post (quotation)
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