(JNS) Israel’s Defense Ministry announced on January 8th that it is developing a laser defense system against missiles, drones and other airborne threats based on what it called a “technological breakthrough.”

The new system is scheduled to undergo testing over the coming months, and once operational is expected to complement the country’s Iron Dome air defense system, not replace it. The nature of the “technological breakthrough” was not specified.

The new system is based on electric lasers, not chemical ones, is silent and invisible and costs less than Iron Dome interception. Because it runs on electricity, unlike Iron Dome or other projectile-based defense systems, the new system cannot run out of ammunition.

“We are entering a new age of energy warfare in the air, land and sea,” said IDF Brig. Gen. Yaniv Rotem, the head of the ministry’s Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure Administration (MAFAT).

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