In a recent demo conducted in Israel, Rafael’s DRONE DOME counter-UAS (C-UAS) system conducted intercepts of multiple drones, including manoeuvring targets, using its hard-kill laser beam director, achieving 100% success in all test scenarios, the company announced on 12 February.

The tests included target detection, identification and interception with a high-power laser beam. DRONE DOME is an innovative end-to-end C-UAS solution for securing airspace against incursions by hostile drones. Fully operational and deployed globally, DRONE DOME offers a modular, robust infrastructure, comprising electronic jammers and sensors and allowing effective detection, full identification and neutralisation of multiple micro- and mini-UAS threats, employing unique algorithms. 

One of the system’s unique capabilities is the integration of laser technology for hard-kill capability. When the system achieves a positive identification, it allocates the target to the laser effector, which locks, tracks and destroys the target.

DRONE DOME is designed to address threats posed by hostile drones to both military and security authorities, offering advanced solutions for manoeuvring forces and military facilities, critical border protection and civilian targets such as airports or public facilities. It is a member of Rafael’s family of active air and missile defence technologies, which includes the operational, combat-proven IRON DOME, DAVID’S SLING and SPYDER systems. Combined, they offer multi-layered solutions against a variety of aerial threats.

DRONE DOME uses hard-kill laser effectors to destroy hostile drones. (Photo: Rafael)

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