The Israeli Armed Forces and Technology Infrastructure Administration (MAPA) announced on Wednesday that a technological breakthrough will be achieved that will allow the development of powerful laser-based systems for intercepting steep orbital threats, anti-aircraft and tiny aircraft. The new technology will bring about a strategic change in Israel’s air defense capabilities.
Israel’s Ministry of Defense revealed today a major achievement in a high energy laser program undergoing with the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D). Investments in laser technology made by the department have led to the ability to precisely focus laser beams on long-range targets, overcoming atmospheric disturbances. The new technology is key for the delivery of laser effects on target within a short time. It will enable the development of laser weapons capable of intercepting a variety of threats.
Over the years, IAF has made great efforts in advancing powerful laser technology. Many developments, both from Israel and abroad, have been tested and proven to be ineffective. Significant achievements have recently been achieved, as a result of collaboration between MAPA and the defense industries (“Rafael” and “Elbit Systems”) and academics. These achievements were made possible by the development of electric laser, unlike the chemical laser they have used so far.
The technological breakthrough is based on laser beam accuracy. Using the new technology, the defense system has been able to target and stabilize the beam on a long-range target, including overcoming atmospheric disturbances. This technology enables the development of effective, highly operational interception systems that will form another layer in the effort to protect the State of Israel by air, land and sea.