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Eurosatory 2022: Rafael to implement laser technology in air defence portfolio

15th June 2022 - 12:45 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in Paris

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At Eurosatory 2022, Rafael displayed its DavidSync version of the SkyCeptor hit-to-kill air and missile defence interceptor. (Photo: Norbert Neumann)

Rafael is looking to complement its wide range of air-defence capabilities with laser technology and continues to work on assessing future threats.

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has revealed progress on its Iron Beam laser-based air-defence capability in a briefing to Shephard on 15 June during Eurosatory 2022.

Pini Yungman, EVP and GM of the Air & Missile Defense Systems Division at Rafael, said the company has been assessing current and future problems and believes that ‘current air defence capabilities won’t be enough to successfully protect against upcoming threats’.

Yungman said that although the proliferation of UAS systems is no doubt causing headaches, they tend to have a low impact on the strategic level. 

Instead, long- and medium-range hypersonic cruise missiles and other agile ballistic

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