The Israeli “Lahav Or” (Blade of Light) laser system was tested along the Gaza Strip starting from January 30th.
Video of the "Lahav Or" laser system neutralizing an IED balloon from Gaza pic.twitter.com/TwkhlZ78rV
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Initially revealed in late December 2019, the laser system is specifically aimed at countering explosive balloons and multicopters.
The first reports said that the system could be tested in the field around Summer 2020, but the recent escalation in Gaza, which is seeing a lot of explosive balloons being launched appear to have created the prerequisite needed to test the system.
The system was created to be used by the Israeli Border Police and the Gaza division of the military.
According to the Israeli TV Channel Kan-11, over the past three weeks, with the help of the laser system, about 70 explosive balloons had been destroyed.
So far, the system is reportedly successfully passing its tests, and it will return to development and it is expected for it to enter effective combat duty sometime in the summer.
The system was able to successfully intercept over 90% of the balloons detected in its test. This is an unprecedented success for the world’s first operating laser system for balloon interception.
The system operates day and night and aims to deal with the threat of explosive and incendiary balloons with a laser beam that is launched at the target and neutralizes it without jeopardizing other elements in the area.
As of February 6th, several publications began reporting on the system. These included more footage of the system.
It was also indicated that the “Blade of Light” is interfaced with the SupervisIR target detection system developed by Elbit Systems. The system is a thermal imager with a panoramic view of 90×12.5 degrees, equal to “150 conventional thermal imagers deployed next to each other”.
The system also includes advanced automatic detection and extracting imagery feeds of targets in multiple regions of Interest. Visual investigation can be done in real time, or using a video on demand control, which can be used for backtracking the target to any point.
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