Biden announced that Washington will work with Israel to build laser weapon systems.
American and Israeli defense contractors would work together to build laser weapons capable of shooting down enemy missiles. This was announced by President Joe Biden during his visit to Jerusalem.
“As we move forward together – partners in both security and innovation – the United States and Israel defense sectors will cooperate in new, high-energy laser weapon systems that can defend Israeli lives as well as the lives of American service members,”Biden spoke at a press conference on Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lepid.
Following his meeting with Lapid the president offered to make some remarks and promised that Washington would never be reelected. “allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon” and was ready to use “all elements of its national power to ensure that outcome.”Declaring that “scourge of antisemitism still marches around the world,”He added: “You have an ironclad commitment from the United States of America to Israel’s security, an ironclad commitment.”
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Biden noted that the US provided record military aid to Israel last year – adding an extra $1 billion to its base outlays, which average $3.8 billion annually – to help the country replenish the cache of missile interceptors for its so-called Iron Dome defense system. “You have new tools to keep Israel strong and secure,”He added: “We’ll make sure that Israel can defend itself, by itself.”
After arriving in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, Biden toured a display of Israel’s air defense technology, including the Iron Dome and the Arrow and David’s Sling surface-to-air missile systems. He said he also saw a presentation on the Iron Beam, a laser-based system that’s under development.
Israeli defense officials claimed that in April, the Iron Beam had gone through a series. “groundbreaking”Tests proved that it can intercept and destroy rockets, shrapnel, drones, antitank missiles, and other types of weapons. It’s scheduled to go into service sometime this year, beating an earlier target of 2024.
Israel is seeking US investments to finance the Iron Beam’s development. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems of Haifa is a state-owned company. It said that last year, it planned to collaborate with Lockheed Martin in the development of a ground-based, laser weapon for Israel. They signed an agreement that would allow them to look into opportunities for the US market.