Israel Wants to Shoot Down Rockets With Lasers
The Israeli Ministry of Defense announced a breakthrough in the development of laser defense systems, intended to intercept a variety of threats including drones and, rockets, artillery, and mortar attacks
The Israeli Ministry of Defense announced Wednesday it has had a significant breakthrough that will allow it to develop rocket and drone shooting laser defense systems.
The systems are intended to intercept a variety of threats, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and rocket, artillery and mortar (RAM) attacks, according to the ministry’s statement. Three such high-energy laser systems are currently in development—a ground-based laser system to complement the capabilities of Israel’s existing anti missile system Iron Dome; a maneuverable that could be mounted on a vehicle to defend soldiers on the battlefield; and an aircraft-mounted system.
The ministry intends to conduct demonstrations of the new systems throughout 2020, Brig. Gen. Yaniv Rotem, head of R&D at the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D), said in a statement. The laser systems are intended to come in addition to, and not instead of systems like Iron Dome, Rotem said.
The laser system. Photo:The Israeli Ministry of Defense
The laser systems are being developed in collaboration with Israeli defense contractors Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and Elbit Systems Ltd.