posted on Apr, 4 2003 @ 06:39 PM
Two Israeli companies have developed an airborne anti-missile system designed to protect civilian passenger planes. The system is to be fitted to
planes belonging to Israel's national carrier El-Al as soon as its is certified and will be offered to airlines around the world.
The development of the system was accelerated after two shoulder-launched missiles narrowly missed an Israel passenger plane taking off from Mombasa
in Kenya last November.
It consists of sensors fitted under the aircraft wings designed to automatically detect an approaching missile which triggers the release of decoys to
divert the approaching missile away from the plane's flight path.
The system is similar to the Tactical Air Launched Decoy or TALD system fitted to Israeli air force jets and the US Navy fighters currently operating