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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.