Iron Beam laser interceptor completes 'ground-breaking' live tests

Israel's High-Power Laser Air Defence System "Iron Beam" successfully completes series of live tests.

14 April 2022

 Photo courtesy of Israeli Ministry of Defence


Rafael, alongside the Ministry of Defense's Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D), says it has successfully completed a series of ground-breaking tests with a high-power laser interception system, which successfully intercepted UAVs, mortars, rockets, and anti-tank missiles in various scenarios.

The system, called Iron Beam, provides a capability unlike one seen elsewhere in the world, says Rafael, by successfully developing a high-power laser technology at an operational standard with operational interception capabilities.   

The tests are the first phase of a multi-year programme led by the DDR&D and defense industries. The programme aims to develop a high-power ground and aerial laser system equipped to deal with long-range, high-intensity threats. The laser will complement the “Iron Dome” system and will be an effective and economically efficient addition to Israel’s multi-tiered air defence array. The system’s development plan is led by the Research and Development Division in the Ministry of Defense’s DDR&D.

CEO and President of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yoav Har Even, says “The successful tests included the interception of a wide range of threats and have proven the system’s remarkable capabilities. Our co-operation with the DDR&D and the Ministry of Defense has led to this extraordinary development, constituting a significant milestone in the process to achieve operational capability. I am confident that this technological breakthrough will lead to future capabilities in directed energy, including the high-power laser system. This achievement is the result of Rafael employees’ tireless work contributing to Israel’s security while preserving and developing technological capabilities to ensure Israel’s qualitative advantage."


Observers look on as Iron Beam intercepts a UAV (Photos courtesy of Israeli MoD)