Israel unveils ‘laser sword’ defense system to stop rockets and drones
The Israelis are working on a laser defense system to knock out enemy mortars and rockets, referring to the weapon as a “laser sword.”
An add-on feature to help the surrounded nation’s “Iron Dome” missile defense system, and can be used no matter the weather conditions.
The laser, which is expected to be tested later this year, will be able to hit targets over long distances with great accuracy, even if the threat is of small size.
IDF concept art shows that the system can be mounted on vehicles, allowing armored columns to move with added protection against guided missiles and indirect fire, should another modern military power challenge Israel.
The Israelis are known for an emphasis on embracing effective military hardware and training to make up for their small numbers- during the 1967 “Six-Day War,” they fought four neighboring air forces at the same time, destroying 400 enemy aircraft in a single day and gaining complete air superiority in under three hours.
The first live demonstration is expected to take place in 2020, and each shot fired is expected to cost around one American dollar, as opposed to the Iron Dome’s more expensive salvo system, which costs tens of thousands of dollars with each use.
Despite being cost-effective, the laser has to have a visual confirmation of the threat, whereas Iron Dome can use longer-ranged sensors.
According to the Daily Mail, the system is considered to be necessary due to the constant rocket attacks by Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Palestinian territories.
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