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Israelís Commercial Jets Will Soon Be Firing Lasers
malaysiandigest.com/ ^ | Tuesday, 04 March 2014 23:19

Posted on 03/05/2014 7:26:26 AM PST by BenLurkin

Israel’s Ministry of Defense announced Wednesday that SkyShield, developed by Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems, had successfully completed testing and is certified for commercial use to combat the threat of man-portable surface-to-air missile systems (MANPADS) by combining advanced laser detection and disruption technologies.

C-MUSIC, the commercial version of SkyShield, integrates laser technology with a thermal camera to deflect incoming threats by jamming.

After detecting incoming missiles with an infrared sensor, it fires a laser that disrupts the missile’s navigation system, taking it off course and detonating the missile a safe distance from the aircraft.

“SkyShield has been validated under the most complex and sophisticated testing conditions ever conducted in Israel and is now ready to protect Israeli airlines,” said Israel Air Force Brig. Gen. Eitan Eshel, director of research and development at Israel’s Defense Ministry.

The technological advancement is a direct response to the 2002 attempt by terrorists in Mombasa, Kenya in which two surface-to-air missiles were fired at an Israeli charter plane shortly after takeoff.

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1 posted on 03/05/2014 7:26:26 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

If only the Israelis could put fricken laser beams on the heads of sharks!


2 posted on 03/05/2014 7:35:18 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: BenLurkin

This sounds like a really great idea ( short of just killing the damned Muslim terrorists of course). El Al airline is among the safest In The world to fly because they do take their passenger safety seriously.


3 posted on 03/05/2014 7:38:50 AM PST by faithhopecharity (" uri)
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To: BenLurkin

GO ISRAEL! Show the world how it’s done.


4 posted on 03/05/2014 7:38:59 AM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever!)
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To: BenLurkin

Dangerous times until all US commercial aircraft are fitted with this. The squeeze is really going to be put on Obama by Al Qaeda now.


5 posted on 03/05/2014 7:51:45 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: BenLurkin

That's not fair! The freedom fighters don't have a chance!
6 posted on 03/05/2014 7:52:18 AM PST by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind, but now I see...)
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To: BenLurkin

They're using "Lay Zers".

7 posted on 03/05/2014 7:54:13 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: BenLurkin

Since it works now in the air on a moving platform, can we assume all ground based weapons are working the same?


8 posted on 03/05/2014 8:07:29 AM PST by edcoil (Realism is only a socially accepted form of pessimism)
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To: blueunicorn6

Outfitting U.S. airliners with a similar system would add about $3 to the average round-trip ticket. The Israelis learned from that near-miss in Kenya a decade ago and have been working to put a self-protection system on their commercial aircraft.

Back in the good ol’ USA, we interpret the lack of MANPAD attacks as a non-existent threat. That will last until someone brings down a jetliner with a shoulder-fired SAM and kills hundreds of people. Or, borrowing a page from the late Tom Clancy, the bad guys stage multiple MANPAD attacks at the same time, bringing our air transportation system to a halt—possibly for months. Would you want to get on an unprotected airliner after terrorists bring down several jets in a matter of minutes, killing hundreds?

Personally, I’m surprised that terror groups haven’t tried this more often. There are literally thousands of MANPADs available on the global arms market, and many more left the chain of custody after Barry Zero’s little adventure in Libya.


9 posted on 03/05/2014 8:26:19 AM PST by ExNewsExSpook
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

He’s just mad because only people as important as him should fly on airplanes that can protect themselves from missiles.


10 posted on 03/05/2014 8:33:45 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: KC_Lion

Ping.


11 posted on 03/05/2014 8:47:29 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: ExNewsExSpook

“Personally, I’m surprised that terror groups haven’t tried this more often. There are literally thousands of MANPADs available on the global arms market, and many more left the chain of custody after Barry Zero’s little adventure in Libya.”

Agreed. Also there have been no terrorist attempts to exploit the use of GPS-guided mini-UAVs or multi-copter as kinetic weapons directed at turbofans or airframes or as anti-personnel weapons against VIPs). (see my tag line)


12 posted on 03/05/2014 2:10:19 PM PST by Seizethecarp (Defend aircraft from "runway kill zone" mini-drone helicopter swarm attacks: www.runwaykillzone.com)
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To: ExNewsExSpook

“Personally, I’m surprised that terror groups haven’t tried this more often. There are literally thousands of MANPADs available on the global arms market, and many more left the chain of custody after Barry Zero’s little adventure in Libya.”

Agreed. Also there have been no terrorist attempts to exploit the use of GPS-guided mini-UAVs or multi-copter as kinetic weapons directed at turbofans or airframes or as anti-personnel weapons against VIPs). (see my tag line)


13 posted on 03/05/2014 2:11:39 PM PST by Seizethecarp (Defend aircraft from "runway kill zone" mini-drone helicopter swarm attacks: www.runwaykillzone.com)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

So true.

Sad, but true.


14 posted on 03/05/2014 5:08:17 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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