Anti-Missile Defense for Airliners Debuts

By Deane Barker on January 17, 2007

Commercial jet flies with anti-missile system: This is an interesting turn of events, but I still think we should equip airports with anti-missile defenses rather than individual planes.

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.

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  1. Whats really needed are secure cockpit doors. The airline industry refused to implement them during the Clinton administration because it cost $5000 per plane and they didn’t care about safety, so the FAA didn’t mandate it. It would have prevented 9/11 if they had them, and the GOP came up with the moronic idea of guns in the cockpit instead. Shoulder fire missile threat would only be an issue in war torn areas, and its unlikely that it would stop advanced truck-based missiles like the S-300 or the Tor-M1.

    Some defense contractor must have pushed for this, and congress got their kickback somehow.

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