newsfox desk
Phone: + 43 1 81140 319
Wed, 04.06.2003
pte20030604050 Automotive/Transport, Products/Innovations
Pressbox Pressbox
Anti-missile systems for passenger planes
MUSIC, Britening, PAWS and Flight Guard entering new market

Haifa/ Tel Aviv (pte050/04.06.2003/18:05) - In reaction to an attack on an Israeli airline in Kenia in November 2002, Israel intends to equip all of its planes with anti-missile defence systems. A series of new systems have been developed to protect passenger planes from ground-to-air missiles, which can essentially be launched from anywhere.

Elbit Systems , a company listed on the NASDAQ, has devised a system called MUSIC (Multi-Spectral Infrared Countermeasure), which does not require any reaction on the part of the pilot. Infrared cameras are designed to spot missiles approaching the plane, which are then destroyed with a laser beam that is supposedly not harmful to human eyes.

Flight Guard, a system developed by Elta Systems and Israeli Military Industries , uses radar to detect missiles. Military jets then fire burning flares to lure the missile away from the plane. This aspect of the Flight Guard plan has raised controversy, as burning flares could become a hazard near airports. It is still not clear whether Flight Guard will receive approval.

Another proposal comes from Rafael , which presented its Britening system in December. Instead of using burning "bait", it employs an infrared ray to lure away the approaching rocket. Tests carried out in March proved that Britening works.

Finally, Elisra hopes its Passive Missile Warning System (PAWS), which can also detect air-to-air missiles will conquer this new market for airline anti-missile security.

Submitter: pressetext.europe
Contact: newsfox desk
Phone: + 43 1 81140 319