ISRAEL - Laser Shoots Down Drones

K. Farmer

The Israeli military said it has successfully tested an airborne high-power laser that can shoot down drones, technology it hopes to deploy on a larger scale in the coming years.

Israel already boasts a large and sophisticated air defense system, which the military says had a 90% interception rate against thousands of rockets fired from Gaza during [the] 11-day war. The laser technology would complement that system.

A prototype, developed with Elbit Systems, was mounted on a civilian plane and successfully shot down “several” drones in a recent test over the Mediterranean Sea, according to Brig. Gen. Yaniv Rotem, head of military research and development at the Defense Ministry.

“The ability to intercept and destroy threats from the air is groundbreaking,” he told reporters. “Israel is among the first countries to use such capabilities.”

In the recent test, the system shot down drones from within a range of about 1 kilometer (0.6 mile). In the coming years, Israel hopes to deploy a ground-based system with a range of 8-10 kilometers (5-6 miles) that can intercept rockets, mortar rounds and drones.

-apnews.com, 21 June 2021

Commentary

As we have often mentioned, Israel’s real-world experience with defense technology has proven invaluable to their maintaining a qualitative edge over their enemies, not to mention most militaries worldwide. The latest war with Gaza has only furthered development in this sphere.

However, public opinion cannot be won over in the same manner, as the god of this world will use every casualty on the side of Palestinians—even when most are clearly due to reckless actions by Hamas, such as firing off rockets from civilian locations—to further hatred of Israel, and thus the God of Israel. Scripture states: “For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together, Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him” (Psalm 71:10-11). However, we know how the story ends: “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer...” (Romans 11:26). (By K. Farmer)

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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