Skip to comments.Missile Defence Unready For Middle East Crisis
Posted on 07/19/2006 2:56:11 PM PDT by blam
Missile defence unready for Middle East crisis
12:23 19 July 2006
NewScientist.com news service
As rockets and artillery shells continue to devastate Israeli and Lebanese towns, aerospace companies are developing antimissile shields that could one day defend against such attacks.
Hezbollah has used Katyusha rockets to hit targets inside Israel, including the coastal town and naval port of Haifa, killing at least 25. Meanwhile, Israeli artillery bombardments and bombs have hit targets inside Lebanon, destroying infrastructure and leaving more than 270 dead.
Prototype missile defence systems offer the promise of intercepting incoming rockets and artillery shells in flight. One leading experimental system is based on a missile-destroying solid-state laser, while another intercepts an incoming weapon using another missile.
But neither system is ready for use in the current conflict and some military experts are sceptical that either technology would work against a concerted barrage of missiles, especially if launched from unexpected locations.
The laser-based system comes from Northrop Grumman of California, US. The company is close to converting the US Army's experimental tactical high-energy laser (THEL) into a commercial antimissile weapon system, dubbed Skyguard.
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