Dr Mike Evans

Israel’s ‘Iron Beam’ laser defense system could be ready within two years

Israel’s Iron Beam laser defense system is being prepared for operations within the next two to three years, according to a new report.

The Iron Beam is a laser version of Israel’s Iron Dome defense system that protects the borders of the nation from rockets and drones. Rafael, the company behind both weapon systems, is funded by the Israeli Defense Forces.

“We don’t have a technology problem or a scientific problem anymore… it’s now an engineering problem. The science is there, we’ve shown that it works,” Michael Lurie, the CEO of Rafael USA, said in an interview with Breaking Defense.

“It’s not a question of if we will do it. It’s a question of when, how long it will take. The IDF would like it to work today, tomorrow. But I think realistically this is an effort that, from the point we’re standing today, will take two to three years before we have an operational system working,” he added.

Rafael plans to participate in the Association of the U.S. Army conference in Washington, D.C., next week where it will have the opportunity to discuss its technology with American military leaders.

The Iron Beam is not expected to replace Israel’s current Iron Dome missile defense system, but will serve alongside it to offer another tool to protect the nation’s citizens from harm.

Rafael claims the technology is already in place and testing has been positive. The main limiting factor is now the production of the system and the logistics of moving the equipment into place.

The initial plan will include a non-mobile ground system in Israel. However, the future may hold additional options that will include mobile systems that could be fitted on naval ships or even aircraft.