Israel’s new laser weapon shoots drones out of sky

(POST) An Israeli drone defense system fit for “Star Wars” has shot down multiple maneuvering targets with a high-powered laser beam, according to reports.

“The system achieved 100 percent success in all test scenarios,” defense technology company Rafael said in a statement about its Drone Dome C-UAS, or Counter-Unmanned Aerial System, the Times of Israel reported.

“The stages of the interception included target detection, identification and interception” with the laser beam, it said in a video of a recent demo of the system.

In the footage, a vehicle-mounted system is shown engaging the targets, including zigzagging drones. In one test, three drones flying in formation were downed in rapid succession.

“Drone Dome is designed to address threats posed by hostile drones both in military and civilian sites,” Rafael said. READ MORE

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