Israel unveils breakthrough laser to intercept missiles, aerial threats

  

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Via:  buzz-of-the-orient  •  9 months ago  •  13 comments

By:   ANNA AHRONHEIM

Israel unveils breakthrough laser to intercept missiles, aerial threats
“This is one system with many options – the weapon of the future,” Rotem said.

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Israel unveils breakthrough laser to intercept missiles, aerial threats

Technology expected to take down a variety of aerial threats including rockets, drones, anti-tank missiles.


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Artistic depiction of how innovative laser defense system would function on the battle field  (photo credit: Courtesy)



The Defense Ministry has made a technological breakthrough in the development of  lasers  that can intercept aerial threats, including rockets and anti-tank guided missiles, it announced Wednesday.

New laser technology “makes the security apparatus more lethal, more powerful and more advanced,” Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said Wednesday evening.




Speaking about this new addition to the existing tools of war employed by Israel, he said that “we will add a laser sword when dealing with threats from the North or the South.”

The enemies of Israel better not test our resolve or our abilities,” Bennett said.

Brig.-Gen. Yaniv Rotem, head of the Defense Ministry’s Directorate of Research and Development, said: “We are entering a  new age of energy warfare  in the air, on land and at sea. The R&D investments made by the DD [Directorate of Defense] R&D in recent years have placed the State of Israel among the leading countries in the field of high-energy laser systems.”

The ministry has been working for more than 10 years on powerful laser technology to enable the development of platforms to intercept a variety of threats, he said. It has carried out a number of successful interceptions of targets, including mortar shells, drones and antitank missiles, at a variety of ranges over the years.

“This is a dramatic solution to rocket fire,” said Dubi Oster, head of the DDR&D Optronics Department. “We have been working on this for years. But it is challenging to get a good-quality beam to stay the size you need at the range you need... for example, a beam the diameter of a coin from here [in Tel Aviv] to Herzliya.”



While most developments over the years – both in Israel and abroad – have been ineffective, significant achievements have been made over the past year and a half as a result of collaboration between the ministry and defense companies, including Rafael and Elbit Systems, as well as academic institutions. The breakthrough recently made by the ministry is based on the precision of the laser beam, which can be focused on long-range targets and which can overcome atmospheric disturbances such as clouds and dust storms.

According to Oster, the ministry was able to take several laser beams and, with an advanced algorithm, connect them to get one strong beam that is able to intercept and take down a variety of threats. Based on high-energy electric lasers rather than chemical laser technology, the robust system will complement the other layers of Israel’s aerial defenses and will be a strategic change in the defense capabilities of the state, the ministry said.

According to Rotem, some of the advantages of the high-energy lasers include the ability to continually use the system at lower cost, higher effectiveness and with efficient management. They will also allow for a decrease in the number of missile interceptors used and the future potential to intercept a variety of threats, including unmanned aerial vehicles, drones and guided rockets.

“During a war, missile interceptors will at one point run out, but with this system, as long as you have electricity, you have a never-ending supply,” he said.


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Artistic depiction of how innovative laser defense system would function on the battle field / Courtesy



“This is a weapon that you can’t see or hear,” Rotem said, adding that while it is not free since it runs on electricity, every interception will only cost a few dollars, as opposed to interceptor missiles that can run into the thousands.

The use of two different and complementary technologies – kinetic air-defense-like systems, such as the Iron Dome, and laser platforms – “is a game-changer,” Rotem said.

As a result of the breakthrough, the ministry has launched three programs for the development of high-energy laser demonstration systems in cooperation with the two companies: a ground-based laser system to complement the capabilities of the Iron Dome, development of a maneuverable platform-mounted laser system to defend troops in the field and the development of a laser demo system mounted on an air platform to intercept threats above cloud covers and for the defense of wide areas.

“This is one system with many options – the weapon of the future,” Rotem said.

Throughout the year there will be several trials of the demos’ capabilities, the ministry said. If effective, they will be deployed to the Gaza border area.

“This technology enables the development of highly effective operational systems that will serve as an additional layer of defense to secure the State of Israel by air, land and sea,” the ministry said.


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Buzz of the Orient
1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    9 months ago

Israel should dedicate this incredible military advancement to the Democratic Lawmakers (and some NT members I've encountered) who want to curtail or end the military aid provided to Israel. 

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
1.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1    9 months ago
The use of two different and complementary technologies – kinetic air-defense-like systems, such as the Iron Dome, and laser platforms – “is a game-changer,” Rotem said.

What is the difference between kinetic air defenses and this?

 
 
 
TᵢG
1.1.1  TᵢG  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @1.1    9 months ago
What is the difference between kinetic air defenses and this?

The Iron Dome shoots the incoming missiles using artillery (interceptor missiles).   This cool device converts electricity into a lethal laser force.   Welcome to Star Trek (writ small).

 
 
 
Snuffy
1.1.2  Snuffy  replied to  TᵢG @1.1.1    9 months ago

This is all very cool. It's interesting to think what changes will come in the next 20-40 years,  as technological changes seem to run faster as time goes on.  Just don't change the uniforms to include red shirts or white masks with white breast plates.

 
 
 
Gordy327
1.1.3  Gordy327  replied to  TᵢG @1.1.1    9 months ago
Welcome to Star Trek (writ small).

Perhaps this is the great grandfather of phaser technology? 

 
 
 
Split Personality
2  Split Personality    9 months ago

I though the death star already figured this out?

maybe fiction has inspired reality, again?

384

 
 
 
Split Personality
2.1  Split Personality  replied to  Split Personality @2    9 months ago

But all kidding aside, it is just the next step in the human race, which started out killing each other with rocks and bones...

 
 
 
katrix
2.1.1  katrix  replied to  Split Personality @2.1    9 months ago

Check out the video for "The Stage" by Avenged Sevenfold. It's a long one, but a good one.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.2  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Split Personality @2    9 months ago
"maybe fiction has inspired reality, again?"

Absolutely.    How many times have I said that Life Imitates Art?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
3  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    9 months ago

Once this is operative at the Gaza border, Hamas/Islamic Jihad will have to find a new way to cause forest fires, crop and orchard destruction, killing of animals etc in Israel instead of using incendiary balloons and kites.

 
 
 
Split Personality
3.1  Split Personality  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3    9 months ago

Stop. Think about that.  You cannot put out an incendiary device with a super heated laser beam.

They want them to burn and fall on Israel right?

Maybe at some future time they ( or someone else) will supersize the tumor killing Ice maker into a defensive devise, eh?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
3.1.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Split Personality @3.1    9 months ago

The balloons and kites are vulnerable - the laser will destroy them before they find their way far over the border. 

 
 
 
MAGA
3.1.2  MAGA  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3.1.1    9 months ago

Now when the laser can take out targets in space such as long range missiles or warheads if already separated and as they re enter the atmosphere then we will really have something awesome.  

 
 
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