US President Joe Biden (5- R) and Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz (C), tour Israel’s Iron Beam laser defence system at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv on July 13, 2022, with caretaker Prime Minister Yair Lapid (4- R), Israeli expert on technology and innovation Daniel Gold (4- L), Israeli army Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi (5- L) and US Defence Attache in Israel, Brigadier General Shawn A. Harris (3-R). (Photo by GIL COHEN-MAGEN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

US to give Israel $1.2B for Iron Beam laser weapon

The 100-kilowatt system is designed to defeat a variety of threats such as rockets, artillery, mortars and drones.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) defeats a combination of Houthi missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles in the Red Sea, Oct. 19. Carney is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to help ensure maritime security and stability in the Middle East region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron Lau)

Adm. Grady: Escalating Houthi-led maritime drone and missile assaults are ‘not just a U.S. problem’

In the vice chairman’s view, the incidents on Dec. 3 mark “a first for attacks on international shipping — and that's a big deal.” 
US President Joe Biden (L) listens to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he joins a meeting of the Israeli war cabinet in Tel Aviv on October 18, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

White House requesting funding for Israeli laser weapon, other military assistance

The 100-kilowatt laser is designed to intercept a wide range of threats such as rockets, artillery, mortars and drones.