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U.S. and Israel zap drones with lasers in plan for futuristic fights

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U.S. President Joe Biden will see a demonstration of Israel's laser defense technology during his visit to the country on July 13. (Source photos by Reuters and screenshot from Israel Ministry of Defense's YouTube page)

TEL AVIV/TOKYO -- When U.S. President Joe Biden arrives in Israel on Wednesday, one of his first meetings will be with Defense Minister Benny Gantz at Ben-Gurion Airport. Gantz will show the president some of Israel's military technology, including the Iron Beam laser defense system.

The high-powered laser interceptor is the newest addition to Israel's multilayered missile defense umbrella and can target small threats like drones. The system can destroy an airborne target within two to four seconds at a range of up to 7 km.

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