July 26, 2014
Elbit Systems has an antimissile system that can protect commercial airlines from short range, shoulder fired missiles (MANPADs).
The military air fleet of the U.S., U.K., and Australia already have installed such devices to protect them.
Another system by Northrop Grumman is installed for heads of state like on Air Force One and Germany has ordered it for their Chancellor's plane.
But the Elbit C-Music is being used already on Israel's commercial airlines, El AL and Israir.
The thermal targeting device of C-Music uses a precise laser to deflect the incoming heat seeking ground to air missiles and save the passengers and plane.
According to the Wall Street Journal, a bill to mandate such devices for American commercial airlines would cost approximately $43 billion over 20 years.
While this system would not work against the type of sophisticated multiple launch rocket systems that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, it would go along way to enhance our anti-terrorism measures and protect Americans and other travelers coming to/from the U.S.
Please don't shoot down this idea... ;-)