Iron Beam: World’s first combat laser, cost only $3.50 per shot

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The world’s first laser air defence system “Iron Beam” has been successfully tested by Israel. White, it cost only $3.50 per shot to shoot down UAVs, rockets & mortars.

On April 14, Israel successfully tested the new “iron beam” laser interception system. It is the world’s first energy-based, combat weapon system capable of using lasers to shoot down incoming drones, rockets, and mortars at a cost of just $3.50 per shot. This may sound like science fiction, but it’s true.

in the middle of this month, israel announced the development of an “iron beam” laser defense system. in the test, we have successfully intercepted drones, missiles and other targets, and at the same time announced the scene. laser technology is one of the most cutting-edge technologies in military technology at present. in various countries, it has attracted much attention, in addition to the direct lethality, what is more terrifying is the precise positioning and measurement performance of laser weapons.

The Defense Ministry released a short video showing what it said were the new system’s successful interceptions of rockets, mortars and an unmanned aerial vehicle. The video, which was highly edited and set to music, appeared to show a laser beam coming out of a ground station, hitting the targets and smashing them into small pieces.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett took to Twitter to announce the successful trials of Iron Beam. He tweeted, “Israel has successfully tested the new “Iron Beam” laser interception system. This is the world’s first energy-based weapons system that uses a laser to shoot down incoming UAVs, rockets & mortars at the cost of $3.50 per shot.”

Bennett said in February that Israel would begin using the system within a year.

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RAFAEL’s High-Power Laser Air Defense System “Iron Beam”

The average person may not be aware of laser weapons. In fact, at present, the development of laser technology is mainly concentrated in the following aspects.

1. Laser guidance

Laser guidance directs a robotics system to a target position by means of a laser

 beam. The laser guidance of a robot is accomplished by projecting a laser light, image processing and communication to improve the accuracy of guidance. The key idea is to show goal positions to the robot by laser light projection instead of communicating them numerically.

2. Lidar

The important role of radar in war is self-evident. Compared with traditional wireless radar, lidar has obvious advantages in accuracy and imaging accuracy more critically, lidar is not easily interfered with clairvoyance at high latitudes.

3. Laser ranging

Not only in daily life, but also in the military ranging also has a very important role. Lidar can provide longer distances and more anti-jamming measurements. This allows for more accurate intelligence. The United States can now measure the moon to the meter level through this technology, which shows that laser ranging is very important.

4. Laser Communication

Needless to say, everyone can feel its importance. The widespread use of mobile phones makes communication not a problem. However, if the laser itself is used as an information carrier, the laser can also replace the microwave. This is very important in terms of military secrecy and anti-jamming. Especially in the information age, the network requirements for laser communication are very common, high transmission speed, large capacity information transmission, covering a wide range of communication networks. These make laser communication the main development direction of future communication technology.

5. Laser Simulation

Laser technology and 3D holographic technology have begun to enter our daily lives in recent years.

6. Laser weapons

The use of lasers to exert direct lethality is the core of laser weapons. At present, no country has really used it in actual combat. But western countries have spent a lot of money and time on the development of laser weapons. In 2012, Boeing developed laser vehicle-mounted weapons for the U.S. military. It is possible to intercept rockets and artillery shells from 2 km away.

According to Israel, it can intercept targets such as drones, anti-tank missiles, mortar shells and rockets for as little as $3.50 per shot, while the “iron dome” system, which Israel often uses, can cost tens of thousands of dollars per shot. In comparison, this system does have many advantages, and in the future, in the face of Palestinian rockets, Israel has another heavy guarantee.

However, this weapon is affected by meteorological conditions, high cloud density, humid air, sand and dust, etc, so it can only be used as a supplement to the “iron dome” system. With the development and progress of science and technology, future weapons are really not something that small countries can play. Countries with weak science and technology and weak economies will make line to buy this weapon from Israel.

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