Thursday, August 24, 2006

In Hindsight: Passing on Nautilus Anti-Missile System a Major Blunder

The Neocon wonders way only following crises, are promising defense systems suddenly deemed “economically viable.” The billions of dollars in economic and physical damage incurred by a month long showering of katyusha rockets into northern Israel, not to mention the psychological effect and strategic threat, has prompted a new look at the Nautilus Tactical High Energy Laser (THEL), an Anti-missile defense system that proved extremely promising and effective against short-range katyusha rockets. The US canceled its participation in the program, and/or (unclear to the Neocon) Israel passed on the system because it was deemed too bulky and not mobile enough, requiring the purchase of multiple systems, which at the time, and in the absence of vision, was deemed to fail a cost-risk analysis. Who made that call? My, my how things have changed. Tactical High Energy Laser (THEL)
Cancelled U.S.-Israel Defense System Could Have Helped
Boeing completes testing of tactical high energy laser
THEL is key component of U.S.-Israel strategic cooperation
Tactical High Energy Laser Wins Technology Grand Prize
U.S.-Israeli Katyusha-killing laser Passes Test
U.S. Cancels Rocket Interception Weapon Deal with Israel

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