New air defense system will cost $2 per intercepted missile, says Israeli PM

The Iron Dome system used by Israel rose to prominence during their conflict with the militant group Hamas, where the system was extremely useful in preventing missiles from damaging parts of the country. However, the interceptor missiles used by the Iron Dome system cost around millions of dollars, as they include tracking and understanding the trajectory of attacking missiles. However, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said the new laser-based air defense system the country has developed will only cost $2 for each intercept made. The Iron Beam system will use lasers to disable threats and can be a game changer in warfare.

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“It’s a game-changer, not only because we’re hitting the enemy army, but also because we’re bankrupting them,” he said during a visit to the system’s state-owned manufacturer, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. . He also added that the systems could be in use by 2023.

The missile defense system has become an internal part of Israel’s defense against Palestinian-backed forces, and it has proven quite effective in recent years. With the drastic reduction in costs, it will become easier for Israel to create more defense weapons.

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“Until today it cost us a lot of money to intercept each rocket. Today they (the enemy) can invest tens of thousands of dollars in a rocket and we will invest 2 dollars in electricity to intercept that rocket,” Bennett said in a video released by his office according to a Reuters report.


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