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Tue, 22 June 2021

Israel Completes First Interception Tests with an Airborne Laser System (with video)

The Directorate of Defense R&D in Israel's Ministry of Defense, together with Elbit Systems and the IAF, has successfully intercepted several UAVs using an airborne High-Power Laser Weapon System (HPL-WS).

The UAVs were intercepted at various ranges and flight altitudes.

Israel's Defense Minister, Benny Gantz, said, I would like to congratulate the Directorate for Defense R&D, Elbit Systems and the IAF on the technological breakthrough they have achieved. Today you have brought us closer to yet another important milestone in the development of the multi-tier defense array of the State of Israel and it is significant both in terms of cost-effectiveness and defense capabilities.

Elbit Systems High-Power Laser Weapon System installed on an aircraft during the tests. Click to enlarge.

The laser system will add a new layer of protection at greater ranges and in facing a variety of threats securing the State of Israel while saving the costs of interception. I am confident that Israels defense industry will succeed in this important development program, and I will personally work together with the entire defense establishment to ensure its success.

During the test series, a High-Power Laser system was installed on an aircraft and was tested in a number of scenarios. It successfully intercepted and destroyed all of the UAVs that were launched throughout the test.

The ability to intercept and destroy airborne threats in the air is groundbreaking and offers a strategic change in the air defense capabilities of Israel.

This method of airborne interception has many advantages, including a low cost per interception, the ability to effectively intercept long-range threats at high altitudes regardless of weather conditions, and the ability to defend vast areas.

The airborne, High-Power Laser System will complement Israels multi-tier missile defense array, which include the Iron Dome, Davids Sling and Arrow missile interceptor systems.

The test series is the first phase in a multi-year program led by the Directorate of Defense R&D and Elbit Systems to develop a laser system against a variety of long-range threats.

Head of Research and Development in the DDR&D, Brig. Gen. Yaniv Rotem, said, We successfully intercepted several UAVs in the air, within a range of more than 1km. This is a groundbreaking technological achievement and it is critical for further development of our airborne High-Power Laser System.

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