Prime minister Bennett said that the country’s Iron Dome missile defence system is too expensive, and the government is hastening the deployment of laser technology to defend against rocket assaults.
At a security conference, Naftali Bennett described the current generation of technology as a “laser wall.” “— will be deployed in southern Israel within a year. The system’s effectiveness is unknown, but it is intended to be deployed on land, in the air, and at sea in the future to send a deterrent message to archenemy Iran and its proxies.
“If we can intercept a missile or rocket with a few dollars worth of electrical pulses, we will effectively destroy Iran’s ring of fire,” he says
Bennett told Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies, “Our friends in the region will benefit from this next generation of air defence.””
To counter emerging threats, the laser technology will be used in conjunction with the Iron Dome and other systems. Bennett claimed that while someone in Gaza can fire a missile at Israel for a few hundred dollars, intercepting it costs tens of thousands of dollars.
Israel’s military will begin developing a “laser wall” that is expected to be deployed in the future “missiles, rockets, and unmanned aerial vehicles Israel and other countries might utilise the system to counter threats from Iran, which has developed long-range missiles capable of striking Israel.
Successful tests of laser defence systems mounted on aircraft with the goal of intercepting unmanned aircraft have already been reported by Israeli defence officials. According to reports, the laser system can counter longer-range threats at high altitudes regardless of weather conditions.
The Iron Dome was revealed a decade ago, and Israel’s military claims it has been a huge success, with a 90% interception rate against incoming rocket fire during four wars against Hamas in Gaza.