Skip to comments.How Israel’s new laser defense system will turn the tables on Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran
Posted on 11/28/2023 1:27:40 PM PST by TBP
Israel’s defenses took a giant leap forward this week when — for the first time ever — it used a laser beam to shoot down an incoming rocket fired by terrorists in Gaza.
This isn’t science fiction, but the product of years of research and experimentation.
The US military is doing its own laser-beam or “directed energy” research, and Israel and the United States cooperate.
Lockheed Martin and Israel’s Rafael are developing Iron Beam, and ultimately it can mean not only ground-based laser defenses but lasers to mount on ships and planes as well.
Israel fielded the weapon for the first time in combat a few days ago, and it could change the country’s air defense posture in the next few years.
It’s called Iron Sting and is part of the larger Iron Beam laser defense system.
Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system is well known, and it works beautifully: 90% effective.
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And a Desert Eagle, that’s one great big ol’ pistol
I mean, 50-caliber made by bad-ass Hebrews
Well about dang time they deployed it. The tech has been around for several years. Anyone who seriously follows this type of tech knew that.
PS Is it “Iron Beam” or “Iron Sting”?
I know Jewish Space Lasers is something used to mock Marjorie Taylor Greene, but I would love to see heads explode if Israel were to field a satellite-based directed energy weapon.
Biden will create a regulation saying we can’t sell Israel any more laser weapon tech unless they power it with wind.
BTW one reason they haven’t deployed it before is you never show your full tech to the enemy until necessary. If you do, the enemy starts working on counters.
Look up the history of how we cracked the Enigma Code in WWII — and then used that tech sparingly — for an example.
But well now it’s necessary.
Th real test could come in a couple of ways, if Hezbollah starts firing ballistic missiles from Lebanon into the middle of Israel or Iran fires missiles from inside Syria or Iran at Israel, if you shoot them down with a Laser it would shock everyone, especially if it took out a missile at high altitude.
Agree with your assessment 100%.
Israel and Hezbollah aren’t the only ones watching. Russia and China are keeping a very close eye on this. I believe that’s why the US is keeping a low profile on directed energy systems. Lockheed was also responsible for the SR-71 and it’s existence was denied for years. Maybe this was a field test for the weapon that could potentially neutralize a nuclear missile launched from anywhere.
It’s diesel-powered. Weak. Must be nuclear. More importantly, lasers could free Israel from the control of Biden, who is tying their hands to ensure Hamas’ survival, under threat of cutting off ammunition supplies.
One interesting thing I would like to know about this laser technology, if it actually works.
If it does work, it’s not a stretch to think it could be scaled to high altitude or space based directed energy weapons which would be a game changer.
It would be a shame if that North Korean Spy Satellite that was recently launched suddenly fell out of orbit.
“Biden will create a regulation saying we can’t sell Israel any more laser weapon tech unless they power it with wind.”
Would you believe solar wind?
Elbit Systems version
100kw solid state lasers
There’s been some delay supposedly an attempt to reduce cost.
Not necessarily. Diesel generator running continuously to charge up a bank of supercapacitors, which then release their entire charge in milliseconds.
Seriously ... Iron Dome interceptors are expensive. Katyusha rockets are cheap.
Generator fuel to power the LASER is also cheap.
Will it protect the country against the Mad Max Army that killed so many Israelis on 10/7?
It doesn’t matter what the generator is running on or the level of overall power generated from the generator, there are probably multiple big capacitors taking the steady output from the diesel generator and thses capacitors provide the laser power when it fires. Recharge might take a bit of time though.
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