据defensenews2020年1月9日报道，1月8日，以色列国防部宣布，以军正在研制激光武器，用于打击无人机、火箭、大炮、迫击炮和反坦克导弹，由国防研究发展局组织的该项目已取得重大突破。该局局长Yaniv Rotem称：“我们已进入陆海空能源战的新时代，去年的研发投入使以色列跨入高能激光武器先进国家行列。”据报道，以色列正在推进“铁光束”（Iron Beam）研发计划，以应对加沙、伊朗和叙利亚激进分子的一系列威胁。拉法尔先进防务系统公司和埃尔比特公司正在推进三项高能激光演示样机计划。
Israel is developing lasers to kill drones and rockets
JERUSALEM — Israel is developing lasers to defeat drones, rockets, artillery, mortars and anti-tank guided missiles, its Defense Ministry announced Jan. 8, calling the effort a major breakthrough by its Directorate of Defense Research and Development.
“We are entering a new age of energy warfare in the air, land and sea,” said Brig. Gen. Yaniv Rotem, head of the directorate. “The research and development investments made in the last years have placed the state of Israel among the leading countries in the field of high-energy laser systems.”
Previous reports indicated Israel was working on a program called Iron Beam to confront the array of threats Israel faces from militants in Gaza, Iran and Syria.
Lasers are seen as a major new frontier in combating munitions and drones. The U.S. Air Force has used a Raytheon-made high-energy laser to destroy “dozens of small drones,” according to the company. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems’ Drone Dome can also use lasers to address drone threats. Rheinmetall’s high-energy laser has also been used against small drone swarms.
Israel has faced an array of threats in recent years, including an armed drone launched from Syria in February 2018, drones that a team attempted to launch from Syria in August 2019, as well as 2,600 rockets fired by militants based in Gaza. Israel’s multilayered air defense architecture successfully confronted these threats thus far.
Three programs involving Rafael and Elbit Systems are developing high-energy laser demonstrators.
Both companies have been working on laser technology for years, but now the government wants them to focus on developing a “ground-based laser system to complement the capabilities of the Iron Dome system.” The Iron Dome air defense system is built by Rafael, which has previously teamed up with Raytheon on platform. This would add a new layer to Israel’s air defense architecture that includes David’s Sling and the Arrow missile defense system.
The programs are also meant to produce a maneuverable, mountable laser weapon to defend troops in the field, similar to an initial maneuver short-range air defense capability that travel with soldiers.
The companies are also charged with creating an aerial platform to intercept threats “above cloud cover” for the defense of wide areas.
Israel plans to conduct laser technology demonstrations throughout the year.