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Israeli PM Bennett says “Light Shield” to cost ‘just $2 per missile interception’

Israel’s proven “Light Shield” system, already under production for service by early 2023, is a ‘game-changer’ according to PM Bennett, saying the laser-based air defense system will ‘bankrupt’ Israel’s enemies, Lebanon, Palestinians & Iran, when downing their rockets at $2 per interception.

By Reuters

 

A laser-based air defense system that Israel hopes to deploy starting next year to neutralize enemy rockets and drones will cost just $2 per interception, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Wednesday.

Israel currently depends on defensive systems that launch interceptor missiles costing between tens of thousands and millions of dollars to track incoming projectiles.

Iron Beam can reportedly intercept drones, mortars, rockets, and anti-tank missile – Photo- Screengrab: Naftali Bennett

But the Iron Beam system, also called “Light Shield”, is a prototype unveiled last year, which uses lasers to super-heat and disable aerial threats. Continue Reading »

Palestinians accuse Israel of assassinating journalist without proof of evidence

Israeli security source: Palestinians refuse IDF’s access to the bullet that killed Al Jazeera journalist because they know Israeli forensic technology, light-years ahead of their own, could definitively identify the actual shooter. – What are they afraid of?

By Eitan Divinsky

 

A preliminary investigation into Wednesday’s gun battle between IDF troops and terror suspects in Jenin revealed that Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aqlah was located to the north of the IDF unit taking part in the fighting, while most of the bullets fired by the soldiers were shot towards the south.

However, individual bullets were also fired in a northerly direction, so the IDF has not completely ruled out the possibility that the journalist was killed by its troops. Continue Reading »

IDF thwarts weapons smuggling from Lebanon, suspects in police custody

IDF soldiers and Israel Police officers apprehended the suspects within Israel, including bag with five submachine guns and M16 ammunition.

By Israel National News

 

IDF observation soldiers identified suspects approaching Israeli territory from Lebanon near the town of Ghajar Monday evening. The suspects threw a bag into Israeli territory.

IDF flares illuminate the sky above likely Lebanese infiltrators approaching Israeli territory near the border-town of Ghajar. – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Three additional suspects then arrived in a vehicle within Israeli territory and retrieved the bag. The suspects then threw the bag from the vehicle and continued driving. IDF soldiers and Israel Police officers who were dispatched to the scene apprehended the suspects within Israel and located the bag, which contained five MP5 submachine guns and M16 ammunition. Continue Reading »

Palestinian terrorist of Tel Aviv attack found hiding, killed in shootout

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With over 1,000 security personnel, Israel Policemen, Border Police Guard, IDF Special Units and others searched throughout the night for the gunman that opened fire into Tel Aviv nigh-spots, killing 3 and injuring at least 15 more.

By i24NEWS

 

The gunman who opened fire at a bar in Israel’s central city Tel Aviv on Thursday night was shot and killed by Israeli security forces early Friday morning after a manhunt throughout the city.

Aftermath of Palestinian terror attack at Tel Aviv cafe. – Screenshot: Israel Police documentary film

Israel’s internal security agency Shin Bet said officers found the man hiding near a mosque in Jaffa, south of Tel Aviv, and killed the man in an ensuing gunfight. Continue Reading »

Israeli Laser Weapon Tests Successful, IDF Begins Procurement

Israel’s ‘Iron Beam’, the first-of-its-kind defensive laser-system will be highly cost-efficient, as each use would cost just a few dollars as opposed to a single Iron Dome interceptor missile that cost tens of thousands of dollars.

By Yoav Zitun

 

The Defense Ministry announced on Thursday it would be signing a contract in the coming days to begin procurement of an experimental high-end, laser-based rocket defense system.

In the framework of the deal, state-owned defense contractor Rafael Advanced Defense Systems would supply the Israeli Air Force with the very first laser launchers to the tune of hundreds of millions.

The ground-based laser system — dubbed Iron Beam — was originally planned to generate a high-power laser beam at a volume of about 100 kilowatts in a bid to neutralize a host of airborne threats, including rockets, mortar shells, drones and missiles. Continue Reading »

Next 3 Israeli submarines to have vertical launch capabilities

The doubling of the price to €2.4b for the three German built ‘Dakar’ class diesel-electric submarines could be linked to the “significant leap” in vertical launch capabilities.

By ANNA AHRONHEIM

 

The price of the new submarines that Israel has purchased from Germany may have doubled because of new weapon capabilities, possibly including a vertical launch system (VLS), Naval News reported on Wednesday.

US Navy Mark 41 Tomahawk hot launch. – US navy photo via Wikimedia

The price of the three Dakar-class diesel-electric submarines built by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems will cost €1.2 billion more than originally planned, costing Israel double for a total of €2.4b. Continue Reading »

Israel’s new Gaza border anti-tunnel, security-barrier is finished

Following 3.5 years of construction, the Israel-Gaza 65 km. long, hi-tech border barrier has been completed.

By Yoni Kempinski

 

The security barrier along the Israel-Gaza border has been completed, the Defense Ministry announced Tuesday.

The 65 km long barrier includes an underground component with sensors, an above-ground fence, a naval barrier, radar systems and command and control rooms to prevent infiltrations from the Gaza strip into Israeli territory.

Gaza’s now completed anti-tunnel security barrier

Defense Minister, Benny Gantz stated: “The barrier, which is an innovative and technologically advanced project, deprives Hamas of one of the capabilities it tried to develop, and places an ‘iron wall’, sensors and concrete between the terror organization and the residents of the Israel’s south. Continue Reading »

Israel Unveils ‘Soft Protection’ Defensive Electronic Warfare System

The Scorpius uses an active electronically scanned array technology to scan the entire sky and then sends narrowly targeted beams – “at any wavelength, any frequency, any direction against specific targets without interfering with anybody else.”

By Paul Iddon

 

Israel has recently unveiled a new electronic warfare system called Scorpius that its manufacturer, Israel Aerospace Industries, says has capabilities that will revolutionize electronic warfare.

Asked about the namesake of this system, Gideon Fustick, Marketing VP EW Group at IAI, said it intends to convey “the sense of an innocuous thing that actually has a very powerful sting.”

Illustration of the land-based Scorpius G electronic warfare system built by Israel Aerospace .-

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With newly approve budget, IDF widens nuclear sites attack training

Following a 2 year hiatus, the Israel Air Force resumes intensive training exercises in preparation for a possible preemptive attack on Iranian nuclear program installations.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

The Israeli Air Force has resumed training for a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities after two years in which no such training had taken place, Channel 12 News reported.

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi has even ordered a significant budget be used to facilitate the training exercises.

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

The resumption of training for a possible attack on Iran is taking place against the background of American attempts to resume talks with the Iranians on a nuclear agreement. Continue Reading »

Israel’s 2nd Sa’ar 6 stealth warship changes how IDF tackles naval threats

The INS Magen, Sa’ar 6-class corvette, is being retrofitted by IDF technicians with advanced electronic warfare, weapons & communication systems developed in Israel. Next in line, the INS Nitzachon & INS Atzmaut that were just handed over to the Israel Navy Tuesday.

By ANNA AHRONHEIM

 

The INS Magen, the Israeli Navy’s most advanced Sa’ar 6 corvette missile ship, docked in Haifa’s port in December, but the ship still smells new, and is still being fitted with all its weapons systems.

“It’s making history,” said Lt.-Col. Omer Carmi as he welcomed The Jerusalem Post onto the ship. “The whole ship is new, in every single way. Continue Reading »

#ApartheidFail: IDF sees sharp increase in Muslim voluntary enlistment

Despite last May’s ‘Operation Guardian of the Walls’ and the protests that occurred in many Israeli cities, the IDF reported that the trend of increased numbers of Muslims volunteering for the IDF will likely continue.

By TAL LEV RAM/MAARIV

 

Even in the wake of Operation Guardian of the Walls and the violent rioting in mixed cities and other towns, the IDF presented encouraging statistics that show a sharp rise in the number of Muslims drafting to the IDF. Some 606 Muslim Arabs drafted to the IDF in 2020, compared to 489 in 2019 and 436 in 2018. More than half of those who have drafted went to combat roles. Continue Reading »

New Israeli gov’t attacks Hamas for launching incendiary balloons from Gaza

In response to the incendiary balloons launched from Gaza today, Israel’s new gov’t again sends IAF jets to strike several military compounds and a rocket launching site belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization.

By Elad Benari

 

In response to arson balloons launched from Gaza into Israel, the IDF on Thursday evening struck military compounds in Gaza City and Khan Yunis, and a rocket launch site belonging to Hamas.

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Israel’s ‘Iron Sting’ laser, GPS-guided mortar transforms urban warfare 

This 10-year development concludes with successful trials that incorporated a precise, laser and GPS guided 120 mm mortar in a surgical strike of an urban target that substantially reduced possibility of civilian collateral damage.

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As the IDF completes preparations for possible combat in both the southern and the northern fronts — where it is expected to encounter a smarter, well-organized enemy —the Defense Ministry, the IDF’s Ground Forces and Elbit Systems have revealed a precise, laser and GPS guided mortar munition: the “Iron Sting.”

The 120 mm mortar has recently undergone final trials in a testing site in southern Israel. Continue Reading »

Israel: IDF soldiers apprehend 3 Palestinians infiltrating in from Gaza

Three unarmed Palestinian men were handed over to the Shin Bet for questioning after being nabbed Friday trying to illegally sneaking into Israel from southern Gaza.

By i24NEWS

 

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) arrested three Palestinians Friday after they crossed into the country from the Gaza Strip, the army announced.

The three illegally entered Israel from the southern part of the coastal enclave.

Two Palestinian terrorists destroying security fence on Border with Gaza. – Screen Shot: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

No weapons were found on any of the suspects, the military said, and the three have been handed over for questioning. Continue Reading »

Israel: IDF will destroy Lebanese infrastructure if Hezbollah attacks

IDF goes on high-alert after Israel’s Defense Minister orders his generals to prepare plans that ‘neutralize’ Lebanese infrastructure in a quick-response retaliatory strike should Hezbollah, now a major party in Lebanon’s government, fulfill its vow to attack Israel.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

Defense Minister Benny Gantz (Blue and White) on Thursday ordered the IDF to prepare a response targeting Lebanon, in case Hezbollah harms IDF soldiers or Israeli citizens, Israel Hayom reported.

According to the report, the IDF was ordered to destroy Lebanon’s infrastructure in the case of a Hezbollah attack on Israel.

Hezbollah fighters hold flags as they attend the memorial of their slain leader Sheik Abbas al-Mousawi in Tefahta village, south Lebanon.

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