Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems unveiled its latest missile defense system, called Iron Beam, which uses lasers to destroy incoming rockets and mortars.

“It’s exactly like what you see in ‘Star Wars,’” Rafael spokesman Amit Zimmer said at the Singapore Airshow, the Associated Press reported. “You see the lasers go up so quickly like a flash and the target is finished.”

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According to Rafael, the Iron Beam system is designed to intercept super close-range drones, rockets, and mortars that aren’t in the air long enough for the Iron Dome system to pick up. Military experts agree that it will be a potentially effective addition to Israel’s battlefield-tested Iron Dome system.

Iron Beam is the latest project in Israel’s comprehensive missile defense system. Rafael, along with American defense company Raytheon, has also been developing David’s Sling, a mid-range missile defense system. Israel successfully tested that system last November.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Oh dear! – – Whenever ANY nation develops new systems it is not long before the terrorists get hold of it. … They will then be able torch all of Israel in a line-of-sight manner. … Now Israel MUST have the high-ground and MUST keep its walls. … It will only be the hills that will protect it. … Then, of course, they will put it in unmanned drones or lighter-than-air vehicles and all bets will be off. … This development was very predictable; it is also something that will stir pride in those that developed it (for a while) but I predict that such weapons will become totally disastrous – – Imagine one in a satellite scorching any and every city at will with ZERO warning. … Are you all still proud and excited? … This is definitely in the "Rachah" category I am afraid.

  2. I agree that defensive measures should be kept a little more secret, if that's possible these days. I hesitate to say anything about it in a public forum, but with the right imagination, it may not take much of a modification to bypass certain security measures, but I'm sure this has been discussed at length already by the experts. Very cool tech, and very important, and the guy worrying that lazers will be mounted to satellites doesn't need to worry too much right now…until we create a ZPM or a cold-fusion reactor, lazers won't have the power to vaporize entire cities, but then again, with the right imagination and expertise, there's a way around anything.

    Humans are mostly water, and as such, they usually seek the path of least resistance.

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