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FedEx Equips Cargo Jet With Anti-Missile System

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posted on Jan, 17 2007 @ 11:13 AM
Federal Express has equipped an MD10 cargo jet with a military-style anti-missle system, designed to protect it against shoulder-fired surface to air missles. It uses an eye-safe laser system to disrupt the missle's guidance system. The ultimate goal is to equip passenger jets with similar systems. The FedEx jet took off from LAX yesterday.

An MD-10 cargo jet equipped with Northrop Grumman's Guardian anti-missile system took off from Los Angeles International Airport on a commercial flight Tuesday, the company said.

The FedEx flight marked the start of operational testing and evaluation of the laser system designed to defend against shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles during takeoffs and landings.

Adapted from military technology, Guardian is designed to detect a missile launch and then direct a laser to the seeker system on the head of the missile and disrupt its guidance signals. The laser is not visible and is eye-safe, the company said.

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The ultimate goal is to protect passenger flights. The cost to protect all commercial jets will be in the billions, which will be passed on to the consumer.

This is an expensive but necessary step to protect our passenger jets. When the cost of terrorism is calculated, it staggers the imagination. Evolution has not taught us, the supposed "superior species of life", to resolve our differences without violence.

posted on Jan, 17 2007 @ 11:25 AM
So much for smaw

But with future weapons will come greater obstacles to overcome. How long will this last?

posted on Jan, 17 2007 @ 02:17 PM
It's a neverending battle, it seems. But there is no alternative, until the threat is eliminated. Unfortunately the costs of terrorism exceed the human lives lost. How might all this money be better spent?

If the technology was there, and wasn't used, the cries of outrage would be deafening should a tragedy occur. We would be told we weren't doing enough. Of course, when steps are taken to fight terrorism, they are criticized by the same people.

Then we are accused of living in a gov't-generated state of fear. I don't know how people can reconcile all these conflicting positions in their mind.

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