Israeli Defense Contractor IAI Builds Laser Cannon

Israeli government-owned defense contractor Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) is building a laser cannon intended to intercept mortar shells and short-range threats. The company is “at a very advanced stage,” in the development of the cannon, and “successful experiments have already been carried out,” Boaz Levy, IAI’s deputy director of missile and space systems, said in an interview with Calcalist.

In 2014, Israeli government-owned defense technology contractor Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. presented the first models of a laser gun called “Iron Beam,” designed to target artillery fired from a range of up to 7 kilometers.

Israel planned to use a laser technology to defend against long and short-range threats, but a development project was stopped in its tracks over a decade ago, and the Iron Dome was developed instead.

Iron Dome batteries used by Israel to defend against rockets fired from the Gaza Strip were not designed to address short-range threats.A fast reaction time makes the cannon currently developed by IAI a possible answer to such threats, While development started following requests coming from the Israeli military, other countries may find the system suits their needs.

Unlike missile-based defense systems, the cost of firing a laser cannon is low, and ammunition never runs out.

Source- CTECH

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