In response to recent hostilities against Hamas, Israel has initiated the rapid implementation of the Iron Beam laser air defense system, as reported by several sources.
With this strategic decision, operational tests will see the deployment of a 100 kW laser as an active component of the Israel Defense Forces’ arsenal.
Rafael, the company behind the design and manufacturing of the Iron Beam, has tailored the laser system to counteract a broad array of threats.
The system has demonstrated proficiency in intercepting such threats as rocket artillery shells, mortar mines, and drones from a distance of multiple kilometers.
The cost-effectiveness of the high-energy laser weapon presents a compelling advantage. Each shot from the Iron Beam costs up to a thousand dollars – a stark contrast to the Iron Dome ABM system’s Tamir interceptor missile, valued between 40 and 50 thousand US dollars.