Isreal has tow more super-laser systems....
Iron Beam. Iron Beam is a system under development, which aims to use lasers to intercept drone swarms & mortar shells.
Two defense journalists note the advantages of laser defense:
Lasers have great potential as weapons. Laser beams travel at the speed of light, so no rocket will ever outrun them. They are also remarkably cheap to generate—a couple dollars a pop, compared to launching a five, six or even seven-figure missile. And as long as you've got electrical power, a laser cannon will never run out of ammunition. Lasers are also versatile. They don't have to blow up a target to neutralize it. They can fry electronics, sensors and navigation systems.
They detail American laser efforts in the 1980s, 1990s & 2000s, which the authors state proved to be clunky & costly. But they see new Israeli & American technology opportunities emerging this decade:
Lasers do have drawbacks. They have difficulty operating in rain and fog, and their beams travel in a straight line, so forget about firing over a hill. But they can serve as supplementary defense systems. And as Israel's investment attests, weaponized solid-state lasers will soon be a reality.
It is time the U.S. also took things to the next level. The U.S. military could develop a 100-kilowatt laser-cannon defense system, capable of shooting down drones, short-range rockets and mortar fire, in fewer than five years. Within a decade, the U.S. could have a far more powerful 300-kilowatt laser.
And when that happens, enemies who would buzz, bombard and otherwise swarm forward-deployed American personnel would find their weapons destroyed—literally—in a flash of light.
There is no company website page for Iron Beam, as it is not yet a product.
Trophy. Trophy is a newly-operational kinetic-kill system designed to protect tanks from incoming ordnance:
The defense system is based on radar from Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1) unit ELTA Systems, which identifies anti-tank or RPG fire headed towards the armored vehicle. When the threat is identified, the system works automatically, with no need for the tank crew to be aware of, or to operate it in real time: it calculates the rocket or missile’s trajectory, and, if it finds that it is headed for the vehicle on which it is installed, it intercepts and detonates it at a safe distance from the vehicle. The first successful interception was in March 2011, when an RPG-7 rocket was intercepted above an IDF tank on patrol along the Gaza border. In addition, the system informs the tank crew of the exact location from which the missile or rocket was launched, so the crew can return fire accurately and hit the target.
Such a system must surmount major hurdles:
“One of the most impressive things about Trophy is that, until today, no one in the world has successfully implemented such a system for combat use,” a senior defense source said a few weeks ago, “Perhaps they succeeded making a demonstration with all sorts of trials, but they have not succeeded in making it operational. The system must react in a fraction of a second, to identify the missile, to shoot, and to destroy it, and on the other hand, it also needs to be super-safe, and it cannot make a mistake and deploy accidentally. This is an automated system, and part of its complexity lies in that it cannot operate against helicopters or other tanks near the vehicle it is defending in the battlefield. Just the fact that it deploys itself in situations when a missile is fired and it must react in a fraction of a second is an extremely impressive technological feat.”
Here is the company's website page for Trophy.
Bottom Line. Israel is in the forefront of developing highly innovative systems to defend against short-range battlefield weapons.
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