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WATCH: Intel Drones Put on a Light Show for Israel Independence Day

Three hundred drones, made and operated by chip-making giant Intel, entertained the crowd at Mt. Herzl Wednesday night with a light show celebrating Israel’s 70th anniversary of its independence, Haaretz reported.

The 300 drones, called “Shooting Stars” by Intel, used in the display are lightweight, just 330 grams, and can be controlled by a single operator thanks to special technology. The drones are capable of displaying over 4 billion color combinations.

The drones assembled into a multicolored or blue and white image, then disassembled, and reassembled into the next image. Among the images seen during the display were profile of Theodor Herzl, the father modern political Zionism; a boy holding an Israeli flag; an olive tree; a dove with an olive branch; four Jerusalem landmarks; and, finally, a Jewish star, which was later joined by the number “7.”

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich was in Israel for the celebration of Israel’s anniversary.

“I am excited to be in Israel on Independence Day, in Jerusalem, and to participate in this exciting event,” Krzanich said in a statement. “This year, in 2018, Intel marks its 50th anniversary and the State of Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary. This is a double and moving birthday.”

Intel opened its first Israeli location in 1974 and has invested over $17 billion in Israel since then. It employs 11,000 people in its Kiryat Gat manufacturing plant and three R&D centers, which are located in Haifa, Petah Tikva, and Jerusalem.

Last year Intel purchased the Israeli automotive technology firm, Mobileye, for $15 billion and moved its autonomous driving division to Israel.

“Intel connected itself to Israel decades ago, during which it has operated and invested heavily in Israel,” Mobileye’s CEO Amnon Shashua, who is also a senior vice president at Intel, said in a statement. “Today it is taking another step in strengthening this connection through a spectacular show of drones that will showcase historical Israeli symbols.”

Krzanich was accompanied by other Intel executives to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the modern state of Israel.

[Photo: שומר הסף / YouTube]