2023 Author: Bryan Walter | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 22:24
The Israeli Defense Ministry and Elbit Systems have tested an airborne high-power laser interception system for drones. According to the military, she successfully destroyed all unmanned aerial vehicles launched during the test.
For the military, a combat laser is a weapon with "unlimited" ammunition and a very low cost per shot. It can be used both for self-defense and against drones, mortar mines, shells, light aircraft and helicopters. The main advantage of aviation laser systems over ground ones is the ability to move them quickly.
The Israelis have pondered the development of a combat laser after massive shelling by Hamas in 2018. The Iron Dome was unable to intercept all of the ammunition. Then Tel Aviv was primarily interested in the anti-missile laser. In addition to Israel, China and the United States are currently developing an aircraft laser (the US military plans to test its own in 2024).
Elbit Systems has previously worked on the development of a laser combat module together with Rafael. The module was intended for installation on several types of military equipment, including tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers and drones. But there was no talk of its use in aviation.
Israel's Defense Ministry and Elbit Systems tested an airborne high-power laser system by intercepting drones on June 21. She successfully intercepted and destroyed all test drones. The military noted that this is the first phase in the aviation laser system program, which will be included in the country's multi-level defense system in addition to the Iron Dome, David's Prache and Arrow. Although only drones were shot down by the laser during the demonstration, program executives say it could also be used to intercept missiles. The technical details of the system were not disclosed.
Combat laser systems can be not only ground and aircraft, but also shipborne. Earlier we wrote about the demonstration tests of such a US Navy laser.