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Star Wars Iron Beam: Israel unveils new laser-based missile interceptor

Iron Beam is the world’s first energy-based weapons system that uses a laser to shoot down UAVs, rockets and mortars and costs $3.50 a shot, Israeli PM Naftali Bennett has said

April 16, 2022 / 04:32 PM IST
Israel's Defence Ministry has unveiled 'Iron Beam', a high-powered laser-based aerial defence system that can bring down missiles, rockets and mortars. (Image: Twitter/@Israel_MOD)
Israel's defence ministry has unveiled 'Iron Beam', a high-powered laser-based aerial defence system that can bring down missiles, rockets and mortars. (Image: Twitter/@Israel_MOD)
"It may sound like science fiction, but it's real," Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennet tweeted, as he shared visuals of Iron Beam's successful test operation. (Image: Video screengrab shared on Twitter/@naftalibennett)
"It may sound like science fiction but it's real," Prime Minister Naftali Bennett tweeted, as he shared visuals of Iron Beam's successful test operation. (Image: Video screengrab/Twitter/@naftalibennett)
"This is the world’s first energy-based weapons system that uses a laser to shoot down incoming UAVs, rockets & mortars at a cost of $3.50 per shot," Bennet added. (Image: Video screengrab/Twitter/@naftalibennett)
"This is the world’s first energy-based weapons system that uses a laser to shoot down incoming UAVs, rockets and mortars at a cost of $3.50 per shot," Bennett added. (Image: Video screengrab/Twitter/@naftalibennett)
Israel's Defence Minister Benny Gantz oversaw the recent tests involving Iron Beam. The tests were conducted jointly by Israel and global arms manufacturer Rafael. (Image: Twitter/@Israel_MOD)
Israel's defence minister Benny Gantz oversaw the recent tests involving Iron Beam. The tests were conducted jointly by Israel and global arms manufacturer Rafael. (Image: Twitter/@Israel_MOD)
The tests were conducted last month in the Negev Desert, Tel Aviv said. The release of its visuals is likely to send a message to Israel's adversaries, including Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza; the Hezbollah which is leading a front at the Lebanese border; and Iran, the country's archrival. (File image: AP)
The tests were conducted in March in the Negev Desert, Tel Aviv said. The release of its visuals is likely to send a message to Israel's adversaries, including Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza; the Hezbollah, which is leading a front at the Lebanese border; and Iran, the country's archrival. (File image: AP)
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first published: Apr 16, 2022 04:32 pm
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