A laser-defense system Israel plans to deploy next year to block enemy rockets and drones will cost just $2 per interception, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Wednesday.

He stated in a tweet: “If firing a rocket at Israel costs terrorists $20,000” and “intercepting that rocket costs Israel $100,000,” then “what would happen if Israel’s new ‘Iron Beam’ laser system could intercept that rocket at $2 per shot?”

“This is a global game-changer for Israel and the free world,” Bennett said in a video he tweeted.

Israel’s Ministry of Defense and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems announced the completion in April of a series of tests using a high-powered, ground-based laser to intercept threats in the air.

The laser shot down unmanned aerial vehicles, mortars, rockets and anti-tank missiles during the trials.


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