Defense Minister Benny Gantz today (Thursday) approved the implementation and production of tomorrow’s weapon an advanced laser system for intercepting rockets and mortar shells.
The laser system for rocket interception system, which is named Magen Or (“Light Shield”) will be developed jointly by Rafael and Elbit. It is considered a breakthrough and first of its kind weapon, not seen before. The new system will work together with the “Iron Dome” and strengthen the country’s air defense. Gantz welcomed the move and said: “A dramatic and important step towards a change in the battlefield.”
The Magen or system will be based on breakthrough technology – a powerful laser transmitter that will allow the destruction of unmanned rockets, mortars, and aircraft at ranges of up to 10 km, cheaper and more efficient than other means.
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The development of the system will be led by the Director of Research and Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure (Mafat) in the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Defense Amir Eshel.
In the first phase, hundreds of millions of shekels will be allocated for its development, which will be used for experiments in it. A similar amount will be allocated at the end of the process.
This morning Gantz toured Raphael’s compound and got a glimpse of a system that had been developed. Currently, the prototype is ready and proved. “Experiments are continuing and it will take a few years for the system to become operational.
The Defense Minister Benny Gantz said: “Today we are taking a dramatic and important step towards a change in the battlefield, and an upgrade in the security of Israeli residents in the face of growing threats from our borders from Gaza, Lebanon, and Syria, sponsored by Iran and terrorist organizations. “And with the strategic flexibility for the political echelon,” the defense minister added.
Mafat’s Head of Research and Development, Brigadier General Yaniv Rotem, stated: “The program is based on powerful laser technology, a result of many years of R&D. Laser weapons will lead to a significant leap in the defense capabilities of the State of Israel.”