and Rafael team will propose to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) a
roughly $10 million, live-fire test to demonstrate a scaled-down version of a
ground-based defensive system at airports to protect airlines from
industry team has almost completed an assessment for DHS of two of the three
principle elements of the Vigilant Eagle system at an undisclosed US
airport, says Michael Booen, Raytheon’s VP for
advanced missile defense.
Those two elements
currently being assessed are the missile warning system and the command and
control system, of which the latter is supplied by Norway’s
Konigsberg defense contractor.
proposing a follow-up test next year to demonstrate how those two systems can
cue the third element – a high-powered microwave (HPM) – to knock off course a
shoulder-fired missile fired at an airliner.
Vigilant Eagle system is marketed as an alternative to anti-missile systems
installed on aircraft, such as the Northrop Grumman Guardian and the BAE
don’t think the airlines are going to want to add more stuff [to the airliner’s
fuselage] that’s going to add weight,” Booen says.
beam is aimed at scrambling the missile’s guidance system. The HPM operates
within the same bandwith range as commercial mobile
phones, posing to risk to the airliner’s avionics, Booen