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El Al launches C-MUSIC

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posted on Jun, 20 2013 @ 06:54 PM
El Al has installed the first C-MUSIC system on one of their Boeing 737s. C-MUSIC (Commercial Multi-Spectral Infrared Countermeasure) was developed after someone fired SA-7s at an Israeli 757 in Kenya, that luckily missed.

C-MUSIC is a Directed Infrared Countermeasure system (DIRCM). It uses a laser to fire at any missile it detects, blinding the seeker head. The laser is mounted on a mirrored turret system. The system will be installed on VIP aircraft, some mission aircraft, but by far the largest market is to the airlines.

It's, without any doubt, an historic event. The question is whether it will have wide or very limited effects.

Thirteen years after terrorists launched SA-7 shoulder-launched missiles at an Israeli 757 in Kenya, missing their target, the first countermeasures system has been installed on an Israeli passenger aircraft.

The process was slow. Technology and bureaucracy took their time. At first a flare-based system was considered, but the idea faded away. Then they turned to lasers and the technology was developed so it could divert incoming missiles.

The work, done in a closed hangar at Ben Gurion airport, was completed recently.

A first Elbit Systems Commercial Multi-Spectral Infrared Countermeasure (C-MUSIC) system has been installed on an EL AL passenger aircraft.

posted on Jun, 20 2013 @ 07:07 PM
So this would prevent a missle from striking a, say, civilian aircraft?

posted on Jun, 20 2013 @ 08:19 PM
reply to post by braveswin

Yes. It's designed so that it monitors the airspace around the aircraft, and when it detects a missile launch, it fires the laser at the missile, hitting the seeker head, and blinding it to the heat source of the aircraft.

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