Israel will have a new airborne laser anti-missile system from 2021!

The Israeli defense industry had so far communicated little about directed energy weapons, such as lasers. But it seems that she is on the verge of styling all the players in this field. Indeed, the country's Defense Ministry announced that it was developing an airborne and ground laser system, which would be able, from mid-2021, to protect the country's borders from missile and rocket fire from Gaza, Lebanon or Syria, but also to protect the aircraft and armored vehicles operating on its territory and near missile fire targeting them. The presentation video is available on this link.

The Israeli announcement is resounding to say the least. In fact, to intercept cruise or ballistic missiles, the system developed must have very high electrical power. In addition, according to the declarations made, it would be capable of targeting both grazing and ballistic trajectory threats, which presupposes very advanced means of detection and aiming. The very short deadline announced for the entry into service of the system, only one and a half years until its entry into service, demonstrates the confidence of the Israeli authorities in the maturity of their technologies, and in their reliability, since the system will have to replace existing systems like the Iron Dome which protects Israeli cities from attacks today. Note that according to the Israeli Defense Ministry, a shot made by this new system would cost only 1 US dollars, where a shot from the Iron Dome system, however reputed to be economical, reached $ 3,5.

The new system can supplement and strengthen the Iron Dome defense system currently in service, at a cost more than 10.000 times lower per shot

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