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January 2, 2017 2:50 pm

Israel’s ‘Air Force One,’ Set to Enter Service Later This Year, Equipped With Advanced Missile Defense System

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The new plane that will be used by Israeli prime ministers and presidents. Photo: Channel 2.

The new plane that will be used by Israeli prime ministers and presidents (blurred due to Israeli military censorship). Photo: Channel 2.

A new $70 million plane that will be used by Israeli prime ministers and presidents — making it the Jewish state’s equivalent to America’s “Air Force One” — has been installed with an advanced missile defense system, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Monday.

Details of the make and model of the plane are still under Israeli military censorship.

According to Channel 2, the “Flight Guard” missile defense system — an Elbit product — will protect the plane from shoulder-fired missiles during takeoffs and landings.

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The plane arrived in Israel last summer and is currently undergoing a retrofitting process, which is being carried out by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). It is expected to go into service around seven months from now, Channel 2 said.

Israel’s leaders currently charter planes from one of the country’s three main airlines, or fly commercial aircraft when they travel abroad.

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