Israel’s defense establishment has unveiled
a laser-based system on Wednesday. The system is designed to provide protection
from different kinds of projectiles like unguided rockets that are launched against Israel by
knocking them out of the air. The new system will complement the country’s
existing layered air defense which consists of several air defense systems like Iron Dome,
Arrow. As per reports, the new system will undergo
testing in the coming months and is likely to be operational within a year and a half. Laser-based systems are being developed by
several countries and are seen as a future of air defense. In this video Defense Updates reports on Israel
unveiling of Laser-based Interception System. Let’s get started. This video is sponsored by War Thunder. If you are, like us, fascinated by military
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20 million players from all over the world! Israel has been targeted different kinds of
projectiles like short-range rockets, artillery fire, mortars. In the 1990s, Hezbollah, based in Lebanon,
fired rockets into the northern part of Israel. This established a need for a system that
could counter this threat. During the 2006 Second Lebanon War, the situation
worsened. Hezbollah-fired approximately 4,000 rockets,
mostly the short-range Katyusha. The main targets of these rockets were the
northern part of Israel including Haifa, the country’s third largest city. The rocket onslaught resulted in the deaths
of 44 Israeli civilians. Not only this, approximately 250,000 Israeli
citizens had to be evacuated and an estimated 1 million Israelis were confined in or near
bomb shelters during the assault. In the period between 2000 and 2008, 8,000
projectiles were launched in the southern part of Israel mainly by Hamas. It is estimated that 50% of these were rockets
and the other 50% were mortar bombs. The rockets were mostly Qassams launched by
122 mm Grad launchers from Gaza Strip. The Qassam has a longer range than previous
rockets and almost 1 million civilians were within its range. This increased Israel’s determination to
find a solution to this security challenge and this lead to the work on Counter Rocket,
Artillery, and Mortar or C-RAM solution. In 2007, after a lot of evaluations, Israel’s
Defense Minister Amir Peretz selected Iron Dome for defense against short-range threats. In 2011, Israel began operating the Iron Dome
officially. According to Israel, it has been used to intercept
more than 1,500 targets with a greater than 90% success rate since it was deployed in
2011. Though the data regarding the success rate
is often challenged by critics. The possible introduction of the laser based
system will see it being used along with the Iron Dome. The new system was made public by the head
of the Defense Ministry’s weapons development administration, Brig. Gen. Yaniv Rotem. He said, “We are entering a new era of ‘energy
combat’ in the air, on land and at sea. Investments by the Defense Ministry in recent
years have positioned Israel among the leading countries in [the field of] high-power lasers.” As per reports, Israel has actually been working
on high-power laser technology for years. But significant progress was made in a collaborative
effort involving Israel’s Defense Ministry, Israeli defense firms Rafael Advanced Defense
Systems, Elbit Systems and members of their academic community. The system is based on electric laser technology,
unlike chemical based lasers which have been developed earlier. Reports indicate that a breakthrough in the
Israeli effort came about a year and a half ago. The Israeli team of scientists and engineers
were able to create a technology to focus and stabilize the laser beams over distances
and overcoming atmospheric disturbance. This led to the development of effective interception
technology. Lasers are concentrated beams of light that
transmit large amounts of electromagnetic radiation against their targets. The power of a laser is generally stated in
kilowatts. The general idea of laser-beam weaponry is
to hit a target with a train of brief pulses of light. The rapid evaporation and expansion of the
surface cause shockwaves that damage the target. When a laser beam strikes a target, it can
cause the external surface to heat up rapidly. This can cause a drone, or a rocket or a shell
to burst in the sky. Lasers have some very important advantages. The speed of light enables them to hit their
targets almost instantaneously. Laser weapons also don’t need to carry ammunition
like traditional systems and hence they will be able to take out a much larger number of
threats constrained only by the power supply limit of the platform. This is pretty significant as traditional
air defense systems can run out of ammunition when encountering a large number of incoming
threats. They are silent and invisible which makes
them very much suitable for use in the urban landscape. They are also so much cheaper. The new system could cost as low as $3.50
per interception. This is very cost-effective compared to conventional
weapons. For example, Iron Dome costs $49,000 per interception. An FIM-92 Stinger short-range shoulder-fired
surface-to-air missile has a price of $ 38,000 and a Patriot surface-to-air missile costs
around 1 million each. Lasers do have their own issues. They are susceptible to weather conditions
since the rely on optics in order to successfully hit the intended target. But as the technology matures, there is no
reason to believe these challenges can’t be overcome by targeted effort. Israel expertise in developing air defense
system is well known and even the U.S. Army had finalized a deal to bring Israel’s Iron
Dome to the United States last year. The idea is to utilize Iran Dome to protect
against cruise missiles. Viewers can check the video on above card
to know more about that. The Israeli Defense Ministry stated,
“If we successfully attach the system to an aircraft, we could overcome the hurdle of
[unexpected] weather … we could potentially intercept rocket fire right above the enemy’s
heads,” Defense Minister Naftali Bennett stated,
“The Israeli mind keeps paving the way, the new laser project will turn Israel’s defense
into deadlier and more advanced. It’s a clear message to our enemies, our capabilities
are vast.” America has been working with Lasers for some
time now and even experimentally deployed them on warships. These systems as of now are only capable of
taking out relatively easy targets like small boats and that too at short ranges. The Israeli system appears to be a class above
and if it works as stated, it will be a quantum leap. A system like this could potentially be installed
in land, sea and air platforms in the future. Apart from acting as a Counter Rocket, Artillery,
and Mortar solution, the system could be possibly used against drone swarms and hypersonic weapons
going forward. Drone swarm will be like a dense cloud and
this makes it hard for the air defense system to properly track and target any single drone
out of these. Also, most current air defense systems will
run out of ammunition. Hypersonic weapons can travel at speeds of
more than Mach 5 that is 5 times the speed of sound. Unlike subsonic and supersonic weapons, hypersonic
weapons currently have no counters and a laser based system could be an answer to this.


  1. Technically empty dummy decoys to expend Power Storage Supply / Patriot Ammo, Can counter both easy. When the counter hits 0, launch nukes. Boom.

  2. Just in time we are planning our next generation frigates. Delayed by budget due to buying American F-35, so this will be an option to add.

  3. And this is how the Russians get our laser tech. Israel is a soup sandwhich due to eastern European Jews who fester in Israel but serve another master. Espionage is like the common cold over there.

  4. ๐Ÿ˜‚ How can USA say it will work against hypersonic mach 10-27 when USA don't have those misels ๐Ÿ˜‚ Russian lazer can test its against its own MISSELS,

  5. Humas and Iran have over 100k missiles to hit Israel with. They'll never have enough defense since 50k missiles hitting 100% of it's targets would still leave more than 50k missiles to hit.

  6. Something is fishy here – the US has been working on laser weapons for a long time, how is it possible that the Israelis have managed to create a laser system that is "a class above" the current US laser systems? The US has some very clever engineers and scientists, and way more money available for R & D than Israel.

  7. Sooner or later you will find out that saying the same thing multiple times to get a 10min video (with 2 min content) is not a great idea.

  8. Hypersonic glide vehicles are resistant to high temperature (6 to 25 mach), "visibility – angle of approach – speed" makes them immune to Laser Weapons.

  9. I really need to get one of these. My Stingers and Tomahawks are just breaking the bank. And I had to take out a 3rd mortgage just for one Patriot.

  10. Ever see a "laser" work on an all-white missile? Ever notice all the laser tests are aimed at a black target on a white missile? Ever see laser demonstrations done on anything other than black balloons and dark matches? So multi-million dollar lasers can be defeated with a coat of paint. Look at the test films and pictures, any of them, and ask why is the target area always painted black? Go check, look for a laser test against an all-white target. Good luck.

  11. $3.50 per interception LMAO they are literally turning air defense into something like swatting flies that annoy you. Good job Israel, much respect from the US ๐Ÿ‘Š

  12. And 20yrs later planes are obsolete ๐Ÿ˜ž who in hell in their rite mind would try and fly through a Lazer field ๐Ÿ˜’

  13. Israel will probably have a iron dome multi laser defense system in the future ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ’ช

  14. Before sharing the laser data with the US Army the Israelis would demand that the US government quadruple the annual foreign aid to Israel first….

  15. Great work, donโ€™t stop at interceptions… I say point this at the guys doing the launching, will it melt, vaporise or burn a perfect hole in them?

  16. The question is: where does Israel get so much energy for having a laser that can fire repeatedly? The amount of energy needed for a laser to damage a target in non ideal conditions is huge! Reload time to accumulate this energy is long. Are these lasers connected to nuclear power plants or something??

  17. Hypersonic what?? Nah, I got high powered lasers! Good luck with those 5-7 figure missiles, I will just spend my lunch money per shot.

  18. Say 10-20 thousand hypersonic, supersonic cruise+ballastic along with 10000 more rockets ALL TOGETHER DEPLOYS TO ANYCOUNTRY AT A TIME .. THEN HOW TO SAVE A**


  19. The US is sharing their tech with them. And all they have to do is build upon it. Good for the US for sharing with Israel.

  20. I knew that Russia and China could shove their ballistic missle and hypersonic missle projects up their a$$ in an forseable future but that it would be so soon I would have never imagined.
    No idea who is so stupid to buy their rockets after these news.

    And from here on out the system will be smaller and more efficient so It's safe to say that the era of missles is coming to an end.

  21. Outstanding accomplishment for our Israeli brothers and sisters.

    It will make Hezbollah, Hamas, Iran and Syria think twice before launching anything against the Israeli homeland. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

  22. ZIONIST PROPAGANDA Iron dome cant even stop home made rockets that Hamas makes in Gaza
    Hamas rocket is plumbing pipe with useless ( weak) explosives and are slower than a Cessna plane

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