Israel is close to deploying a defense system that will use lasers to destroy incoming mortar shells, president and general manager of Rafael Armament Development Yedidia Yaari said.

“There is an answer for the mortars and it’s a laser. We are already working on a model that hits rockets in the air with a very high rate of success, but we need money for development,” Ya’ari said on Saturday, adding that he thinks its a matter of a year or two before the system could be deployed.

Yaari also said there is work in progress on finding an answer to the infiltration tunnels deployed by Hamas to deadly effect during the war, but added that it was no easy matter to locate the tunnels before they are put into use. […]