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Israel’s New Laser Missile Defense System

  • 15 Apr 2022
  • 1 min read

Why in News?

Recently, Israel has successfully tested a new laser missile defence system, it has intercepted mortars, rockets and anti-tank missiles.

  • Israel’s Iron Dome defense system has been a great success, with a 90% interception rate against incoming rocket fire.

What is a Laser Missile Defence System?

  • The Israeli-made laser system, known as the "Iron Beam'', which is designed to complement a series of aerial defence systems, including the more costly rocket-intercepting.
  • The Iron Beam's interceptions are silent, they're invisible.
    • It is using Directed-Energy (DE) weapon system and can go a long way in providing aerial defence.
    • A DE weapon is a system using DE primarily as a direct means to disable, damage or destroy adversary equipment, facilities, and personnel.
  • Little is known about the laser system's effectiveness, but it is expected to be deployed on land, in the air and at sea.
  • It is an effective, accurate, easy-to-operate tool that is significantly cheaper than any other existing means of protection.

Source: IE

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