Israel carries out successful laser interception trials

The Jerusalem Post reports: “Israel has taken a significant step toward achieving the operational capability of its ground-breaking laser system by carrying out a series of experiments, downing a variety of aerial threats at ‘challenging ranges,’ the Defense Ministry announced Thursday.

The experiments, that were carried out in Israel’s South by the Defense Ministry’s Directorate of Research and Development (DDR&D, or MAFAT in Hebrew) and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, saw the laser system known as ‘Iron Beam’ successfully intercept a number of aerial targets including unmanned aerial vehicles, mortars, rockets and anti-tank missiles in various scenarios.

‘This is a historical moment for weapons systems. For the first time, an energy-based weapons system actually works. I am not talking about ideas, but a system that works,’ said Brig.-Gen. Yaniv Rotem, head of Military R&D in the Defense Ministry…”

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