Photo Credit: Rafael Advanced Defense Systems
The Iron Beam high-energy laser weapon system is designed to neutralize moderate threats.

Israel made history in recent days with the first operational use its “Iron Beam” laser defense system during its war with Hamas, Channel 14 reported on Monday.

The laser beam successfully intercepted an incoming rocket fired by terrorists in the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory.


Iron Beam is the first ever ground-based laser air defense system against rockets, mortars and unmanned aerial vehicles, delivering speed-of-light engagement of threats at low cost compared to missile interceptors.

If true, the incident would be the first use of a laser-based air defense system in a war zone.

Israel is accelerating the development of the Iron Beam, with the security establishment aiming to make it fully operational as early as next year, according a report on Monday in Israeli daily business news site Calcalist.

This is a Rafael promotional video of Iron Beam:

And this is a fact-checking video saying the news about an active Israeli laser weapon is fake:

“More than a hundred engineers from Rafael’s Research, Development and Engineering division are working on accelerating the development of Iron Beam,” according to the Calcalist article.

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