Israel says laser missile shield will cost just $2 per intercept

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett attends a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, May 29, 2022. Gil Cohen-Magen/Pool via REUTERS

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JERUSALEM, June 1 (Reuters) – A laser-based air defense system Israel hopes to deploy from next year to neutralize enemy rockets and drones will cost just $2 per intercept, the Prime Minister said on Wednesday. Minister Naftali Bennett.

Israel currently depends on kill systems that launch interceptor missiles costing between tens of thousands and millions of dollars to track these projectiles.

But the Iron Beam system, a prototype of which was unveiled last year, uses lasers to overheat and disable aerial threats.

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Bennett predicted it would enter service in early 2023. read more

“It’s a game-changer, not only because we’re hitting the enemy army, but also because we’re bankrupting them,” he said during a visit to the system’s state-owned manufacturer, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. .

In past wars, Palestinian and Lebanese forces have launched thousands of rockets and mortar shells at Israel, which in recent years has also intercepted drones it suspects were launched by Israeli-backed fighters. Iran near its borders.

“Until today it cost us a lot of money to intercept each rocket. Today they (the enemy) can invest tens of thousands of dollars in a rocket and we will invest $2 in electricity to intercept this rocket,” Bennett said in a statement. video released by his office.

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Written by Dan Williams; edited by John Stonestreet

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