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Laser-based technology seeks to plug C-UAS gap in border security

19th March 2020 - 13:30 GMT | by Joe Charlaff in Jerusalem

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Recent Israeli media reports indicate that the Light Blade (Lahav-Or) counter-UAS (C-UAS) system, developed by startup company OptiDefense, showed impressive results in field trials against balloons launched from the Gaza Strip.

The laser-based Light Blade was developed by three civilian engineers working with researchers from Ben-Gurion University, the technology branch of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the Israeli police force.

Prof Amiel Ishaaya, one of those Ben-Gurion University researchers, claims that while the danger posed by balloons with IEDs attached is specific to Israel, UAVs (such as off-the-shelf quadcopters with an explosive or otherwise hazardous payload) can, in the …

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