Israeli PM: Laser air defense will cost $2 per intercepted missile


Israel’s The new laser-based air defense system will cost just $2 per intercept, the country’s leader announced on Wednesday.

The country’s new air defense system, known as the Iron Beam, will cost the country just $2 per intercept, a significant cost reduction over existing kill systems, which cost tens of thousands to millions to track and eliminate missiles targeting the country, said Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

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“Until today, it cost us a lot of money to intercept every rocket. Today, they [the enemy] can invest tens of thousands of dollars in a rocket, and we’ll invest $2 in electricity to intercept that rocket,” Bennett said in a video released by his office, according to Reuters.

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

Israel has been a frequent target of rocket and bomb attacks from the Palestinian Authority and Lebanon, including several barrages from neighboring countries.

Israeli officials reported successful tests in April, releasing video of the system shooting down a mortar, rocket and unmanned aerial vehicle.

“This is the world’s first energy-based weapon system that uses a laser to shoot down incoming drones, rockets and mortars at a cost of $3.50 per shot,” Bennett said in a tweet. of celebration.

It’s unclear why Bennett’s estimated cost of $3.50 per intercept in April dropped to $2 in his Wednesday remarks.

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Israeli officials have been developing the Iron Beam since 2016.

The new laser system is expected to become active in early 2023, according to Bennett.


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