IDF Science/Tech

BEWARE ENEMIES OF ISRAEL…Israel Has Laser Beams Now

ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE TECHNOLOGY

Until recently, the military application of relatively high-energy lasers has been more science fiction than reality. That is starting to change.

Israel’s Ministry of Defense announced Jan. 8 a “breakthrough” in its development of laser technology to intercept aerial threats. This technological milestone promises to strengthen Israel’s lower-tier missile defense and provides another opportunity for U.S.-Israel research and development cooperation.

In 2006, the same Israeli committee that recommended the development of Iron Dome for short-range missile defense also recommended that Israel continue R&D to develop a solid-state laser for the same purpose.

Israeli government scientists and defense industry partners have developed a solid-state laser source capable of producing a coherent beam, based on several smaller laser modules, that are powerful enough to intercept lower-tier rockets and missiles.

The primary breakthrough relates to the laser beam’s power and accuracy. Israel’s MoD reports that it has been able to “target and stabilize the beam” from a distance, which brings tremendous capabilities to the IDF.

This technology has the potential to provide a more cost-effective missile defense capability. The development and production of the optics, mechanics and laser source for a single beam are are expensive, whereas the cost of a single laser beam is negligible.

 

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