Video shows Israel testing its ‘Iron Beam’ air-defense system, which uses laser beams to intercept targets


Video shows Israel testing its brand new “Iron Beam” air-defense system, which uses high-powered laser beams to intercept enemy mortars, anti-tank missiles, and drones.Thursday marked the completion of a series of tests on the defense system following a multi-year effort to develop it, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement.Footage of the successful tests, shared by Bennett on Twitter, shows the energy-based weapons system firing beams at a rocket, a mortar, and a drone in Israel’s Negev desert.The Iron Beam uses laser beams to super-heat and, in turn, destroy airborne targets.

Bennett described the technology as the first of its kind in the world, adding: “This may sound like science fiction, but it’s real.” Brig.


Yaniv Rotem of the Israeli defense ministry’s research and development said in a statement: “The laser is a game-changer thanks to its easily operated system and significant economic advantages.The Iron Beam is able to shoot down airborne targets at a cost of $3.50 per shot, Bennett said.

Israel’s Iron Dome air-defense system, which uses interceptors to destroy short-range rockets and artillery shells, costs considerably more, at up to $150,000 per interception, according to The National Interest magazine.The Israel Defense Forces are now working to achieve operational status as soon as possible, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said in a statement.The defense ministry said that once operational, multiple laser transmitters will be placed along Israel’s borders over the next decade..

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