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Sign of the Times: Commercial Jets Now Have Anti-missile Systems

By bobSP     Jan 17, 2007 in World
A recent FedEx flight has marked the beginning of a new era of security--the error of civilian planes with anti-missile defense systems.
The recent flight was the first of many to come. Currently in the operational testing/evaluation stage, the system will use lasers to protect the plane from missiles fired from the ground during take-offs and landings.
This system is based on current military technology. Named 'Guardian,' it will use the lasers to disrupt the projectiles guidance system. Also, the company supplying the system says that the lasers are invisible to the naked eye and are harmless as well.
"For the first time, we will be able to collect valuable logistics data while operating Guardian on aircraft in routine commercial service," said Robert L. DelBoca, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Defensive Systems Division.
The Guardian system will be in the testing phase until at least 2008--at that point, further evaluation may take place if it is need..of course, if it fails then it will then be scrapped.
This system marks the first steps to counter-act the threat of Islamic Extremists/terrorist by the commercial field (other than 'contractors) since the raise of such a threat in the last decade. Companies like FedEx, UPS, and other international businesses are hoping to cut out the costs of damaged or destroyed vehicles with this system.
It's sad that these planes need defenses, but I guess if you don't adapt, you die. And these companies aren't in the business to fail.
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