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Biden to skip tour of air force base, instead view defense tech at airport

Illustrative: A missile launched from Palmachim air base in central Israel on July 4, 2018. (Defense Ministry)
Illustrative: A missile launched from Palmachim air base in central Israel on July 4, 2018. (Defense Ministry)

US President Joe Biden will not visit the Palmachim air force base after landing in Israel as originally planned, but will instead view the range of defense technology he was scheduled to see there at a special display site to be erected at the airport.

The show-and-tell will include an Iron Dome missile defense battery, in a nod to US moves to grant Israel an additional $500 million in replacement batteries for the system after last year’s Gaza war. Biden’s tour will include the Iron Beam laser rocket defense system, which is designed to work in tandem with systems like Iron Dome and shoot down smaller projectiles.

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