Lockheed Martin and Rafael Superior Protection Programs, Ltd., of Israel, have signed a teaming settlement that features collectively creating, testing and manufacturing Excessive Power Laser Weapon Programs (HELWS) within the U.S. and Israel. The long run joint-development shall be based mostly on the property which were developed independently by RAFAEL and the Ministry of Protection’s Directorate of Protection Analysis and Growth (DDR&D) throughout the framework of the IRON BEAM mission. The cooperation shall be geared in the direction of creating a variant of the system for the American market in addition to others. After years of joint improvement by the Ministry of Protection’s Directorate of Protection Analysis and Growth (DDR&D) and RAFAEL, the IRON BEAM mission was initiated by the DDR&D. Within the final yr, a sequence of assessments on the system was carried out that proved the operational functionality of the system. IRON BEAM is a 100kW-class HELWS, anticipated to be the first-ever operational system for ground-based air protection in opposition to threats corresponding to rockets, mortars and UAV’s, delivering engagement on the pace of sunshine.

IRON BEAM is ready to be built-in into Israel’s multi-layered air protection array. The associated fee-effective and operationally environment friendly answer will be capable of counter rising threats, whereas additionally defending vital infrastructure, strategic websites, maneuvering forces, and inhabitants facilities. Lockheed Martin has a long time of expertise designing, creating, and efficiently testing techniques and demanding subsystems which have executed your entire risk engagement from detection to defeat. Lockheed Martin’s experience is the product of a long time of funding in prototype techniques, which have demonstrated effectiveness in opposition to quite a lot of targets. The businesses will develop and subject this Excessive Power Laser Weapon system and discover further alternatives to supply this vital functionality to the USA and doubtlessly elsewhere.


“We see the aptitude of IRON BEAM which was developed alongside the DDR&D as a technological breakthrough, with its confirmed effectiveness in opposition to a number of the most refined threats together with rockets, mortars, drones and UAVs, together with in swarms. The system is designed to supply protection in opposition to rising threats in at present’s advanced battlefield, bolstering the power of the Israeli Homefront, and is a catalyst for forging bilateral collaborations stated Govt Vice President Dr. Ran Gozali, Head of the Land and Naval Programs Directorate at Rafael.

“This strategic teaming settlement serves as a drive multiplier for RAFAEL and the Israeli market. We’re working to make sure our prospects obtain essentially the most superior, efficient, and greatest in school techniques. This settlement will broaden and diversify the capabilities we will supply to quite a lot of prospects,” stated RAFAEL CEO and President Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Yoav Har-Even. “Over the past three a long time, alongside the DDR&D and the Israeli Ministry of Protection, RAFAEL has invested in laser analysis and improvement, leading to IRON BEAM and we anticipate to change into the primary operational laser protection system of its form. This serves as a transparent instance of Israeli-made capabilities resulting in strategic cooperation which is able to tremendously profit either side.”

Frank St. John, Chief Working Officer, Lockheed Martin with Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Yoav Har-Even, Rafael CEO and President. (Photograph by Lockheed Martin )

“Lockheed Martin is coming into a brand new space of operations in Israel. As a pacesetter of know-how, our aerial platforms, corresponding to F-35, F-16, C-130 and extra, have been operational in Israel for a few years and together with CH-53K, these will proceed to be into the long run. Now, we step into the high-energy laser period and look ahead to fielding operational, dependable, and highly-effective techniques with teammates corresponding to Rafael,” stated Joshua (Shiki) Shani, Chief Govt, Lockheed Martin Israel.

“Lockheed Martin’s mission is to ship the most effective safety options that assist our prospects keep forward of their adversaries. Working with Rafael, our joint group will assist carry this new, life-saving functionality to our prospects,” stated Lockheed Martin Chief Working Officer, Frank St. John. “This distinctive functionality will improve Israel’s important air and missile protection system with state-of-the-art laser know-how, and we’re honored by the chance to broaden Lockheed Martin’s position as a safety teammate for the State of Israel.”

Lockheed Martin Company is an American aerospace, arms, protection, info safety, and know-how company with worldwide pursuits. It was shaped by the merger of Lockheed Company with Martin Marietta in March 1995. It’s headquartered in North Bethesda, Maryland, within the Washington, D.C. space. Lockheed Martin employs roughly 115,000 staff worldwide, together with about 60,000 engineers and scientists as of January 2022. Lockheed Martin is likely one of the largest firms within the aerospace, army help, safety, and applied sciences business. It’s the world’s largest protection contractor by income for fiscal yr 2014. Half of the company’s annual gross sales are to the U.S. Division of Protection.

Rafael Superior Protection Programs Ltd. designs, develops, manufactures and sustains a variety of state-of-the-art protection techniques for air, land, sea, cyber and area functions. With over 8,000 staff, RAFAEL promotes a company tradition of partnerships and cooperation — sustaining cooperation agreements with dozens of governmental, aviation, area and protection organizations domestically and globally. This enables RAFAEL and its companions to capitalize on mutual strengths and leverage current capabilities.

RAFAEL’s Iron Beam” high-power laser air defense system.
RAFAEL’s Iron Beam” high-power laser air protection system. (Photograph by Rafael Superior Protection Programs, Ltd)