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The threat of MANPADS

According to reports, some “armed groups” in Syria have acquired an unknown number of man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS). The threat is real. Israeli sources say the shoulder-launched missiles taken by terror groups in Syria are advanced and pose a serious threat to civil and military aircraft. A report from Switzerland’s Small Arms Survey research group […]

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Surface-to-air missile defence – lots of talk, but little action

In the wake of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 being shot down a few weeks ago allegedly by a surface-to-air missile, many words have been written about the need to protect passenger aircraft from such threats. Some news channels have assembled a mishmash of facts, half-facts and imagination in trying to describe both the threat and […]

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A shield in the sky

A few days ago, the operational Commercial Multispectral Infrared Countermeasure (C-MUSIC)  ”Sky Shield” was installed on an Israeli passenger aircraft. It took too long while the threat became more and more imminent, but after a long process that was slowed by almost every bureaucratic hurdle in the book, it is finally happening. Following a successful […]

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The threat, the solution – and the dilemma

The moment of truth is approaching at the cruising speed of an airliner – will airlines around the world equip their fleets with systems capable of defeating shoulder-launched missiles?When these systems were mere ideas in the heads of some engineers, this question was very not relevant. But now such a system has reached a point […]

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Protection against shoulder-launched missiles, mandatory?

How realistic is it that passenger aircraft might be equipped with protection systems against the threat of shoulder-launched missiles?I think that unless regulatory bodies decide these systems are mandatory, they will not be fitted. To mount these systems on an aircraft would mean less passengers in the cabin, which would not please the airlines. Only […]

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