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Israel’s Rafael and Lockheed Work Together on Laser Defense

By 12/06/2022 9:29 AMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

A high-energy laser system to fight against airborne attacks will be developed by Israeli defense contractor Rafael and American weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corp., it was announced on Monday.

The “Iron Beam” laser missile defense system, which Rafael has been developing alongside the Israeli Defense Ministry, will serve as the system’s foundation.

This year, the Iron Beam underwent several successful tests, and it is anticipated that it will be implemented during the ensuing ten years.

The united offering will target both international and American markets. The firms said manufacturing, testing, and development would occur in Israel and the United States.

Frank St. John, chief operating officer of Lockheed, said it was an honor to work with Israel as a “security colleague” and that the arrangement will help clients “keep ahead of their adversaries.”

“The state-owned Rafael created Iron Beam” to support several aerial defense systems employed by Israel, notably the highly powerful but more expensive Iron Dome missile interceptor.

Israel is building a multi-layered defense system on land, in the air, and at sea to defend against anything from primitive short-range rockets to long-range guided missiles held by its adversaries.

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