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Defence PAC money to John Mica
Defense Aerospace $4,000
BAE Systems North America $1,000
General Dynamics $0
Rockwell Collins Inc $1,000
Vought Aircraft $2,000
Any carrier wanting to fly the new Airbus A380 in U.S. airspace would have to equip it with defenses against surface-to-air missiles under legislation introduced by Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the House aviation subcommittee. He wants to require an anti-missile system on the 800-passenger European aircraft within two years of a defensive system's certification.
Originally posted by AceOfBase
This could eventually hurt Boeing also.
They are currently developing a new larger capacity 747 called the 747 advanced.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
It's not just the 380, it's going to be any plane flying into the US in the next few years. They're already testing defensive systems for airliners, and before long they will be required on all airliners.
Originally posted by waynos
It makes no sense to me unless I view it as a deliberate attempt to make thgings awkward/expensive for the A380, otherwise surely ALL civil transports over, say, 100 seats would have to be included.
Makes no sense. Is he saying that 9/11 was not worth worrying about as the 767 is far smaller and therefore immune to this measure?
Does he think there is a major worry of US citizens shooting down the big Airbus? This is the only benefit of SAM protection in US aircpace surely?
While the bill does not single out Airbus, the A380 is the only aircraft under development that could carry more than 800 passengers.