Israel: ‘For $2 Iron Beam shots down mortar rounds, UAVs, rockets’

JERUSALEM ($1=3.33 Israeli Shekels) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett expressed satisfaction with Raphael’s progress in developing strategic defense systems to ensure national security. “Today [the enemy] can invest tens of thousands of dollars in a missile, and we can invest two dollars to cover the cost of electricity when the missile is shot down,” Bennett said of the latest development, the Iron Beam laser air defense system.

Israel: 'For $2 Iron Beam shots down mortar rounds, UAVs, rockets'
Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO recalls that in mid-April this year, the Israeli Ministry of Defense declassified a video of the Iron Beam tests. In the Negev Desert, the Iron Beam successfully intercepted and destroyed an unmanned aerial vehicle, an anti-tank guided missile, a mortar shell, and a surface-to-air missile.

Naftali Bennett noted that Iron Beam is a game-changing military system that can not only hit the enemy and his missiles through military force but can weaken it economically. The prime minister noted that Israel is currently in a period of economic and military stability, and the Iron Beam is the reason Israel “gallops a lot in front of the enemy and the world.” “We are strategically prepared – in every aspect, for every scenario,” Bennett said.

Iron Beam’s role

Iron Beam is the name of the laser system. Its role will not be to replace the Iron Dome but to complement it to ensure even greater protection and complementary efficiency. The Israeli defense minister said on April 13 that the ministry is working to “make the system work as soon as possible and allow for an effective, cheap and innovative protection umbrella”. According to the Ministry of Defense, as long as there is energy to power the Iron Beam, the system will not run out of ammunition.

Israel downed missiles, mortar, ATGM, and UAV using a laser system
Photo credit: The Times of Israel

However, the Iron Beam has a drawback and that is that it cannot function effectively in bad weather conditions, such as low visibility or heavy clouds. For this reason, the Israeli military is considering an option to quickly develop an Iron Beam version to be integrated into the aircraft. So far, however, analysis shows that if this happens, it will not be as fast as the Ministry of Defense hopes.

The Israeli military intelligence estimates that Hezbollah has 13,000 missiles at its disposal. These are surface-to-surface missiles, mortars, etc. At the same time, figures for Hamas and the Palestinian Jihad are also worrying. It is said that despite last year’s 11-day missile war, in which thousands of missiles were fired, the two groups have thousands more missiles and mortars in reserve.

The commissioning of Iron Beam turned out to be extremely important against the background of such information. This laser system, together with the Iron Dome [short range], David’s Sling [medium range], and Arrow + Patriot [long range] can provide significantly much better air defenses in a future major conflict or war in the region.


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