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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Elbit completes test of anti-missile system for passenger jets

Elbit Systems has completed a test of an anti-missile system for commercial passenger jets. Here's a simulation of how the system works.

Let's go to the videotape.

The system had its final test on Wednesday (that video is actually about two and a half years old).
The Defense Ministry and Elbit Systems announced a successful completion of a trial program to test a missile defense system for commercial airlines.

The C-Music system is designed to protect passenger aircraft from the threat of shoulder-launched missiles.

After detecting incoming missiles with an infrared censor, it fires a laser that disrupts the missile's navigation system and throws it off course, away from its intended target.

C-Music was chosen by the Transportation Ministry to protect Israeli airliners.

The Defense Ministry's Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure, the Israel Airports Authority, and Elbit Systems jointly developed the system.

"The experiments, carried out in southern Israel, were some of the most complex and sophisticated ever carried out in Israel," the Defense Ministry said. "They simulated a range of threats that the C-Music system will have to deal with," it added.

"C-Music is considered the most advanced system of its kind in the world, and will provide ultimate defense to planes," the ministry continued. "It combined advanced detection and disruption technologies, and meets the stringent requirements of commercial flight."

Brig.-Gen. (res.) Ophir Shoham, head of the Administration, said hundreds of engineers took part in the development stage, and that the product is at the "end limit of detection and disruption technology."
 Let's see if any non-Israeli airlines are willing to pay the price to install it.

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