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June 18, 2013 11:16 am

El Al Tests Anti-Missile Defense System for Passenger Aircraft (VIDEO)

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An El Al 737. Credit: AF1621/Wikimedia Commons.

An El Al plane has been outfitted with the anti-missile C-MUSIC system for the first time, Israel National News has reported. The plane, a Boeing 737, conducted test flights with the new system in place.

The MUSIC DIRCM system is to be placed on all EL Al, Arkia and Israir planes that travel through high-risk areas susceptible to shoulder-fired missile threats.

According to the website “The system comprises a fiber-laser based DIRCM housed in a sealed turret for maximized reliability. A missile warning system provides the initial detection of incoming threats. When a threatening missile is detected, the warning is passed to the DIRCM that then directs a thermal tracker to acquire and track the threat. A powerful laser beam is then fired accurately at the missile causing it to be deflected away from the aircraft.”

Initially El Al had delayed installation of the new system due to a financial dispute with the government and the maker of the MUSIC DIRCM , Elbit Systems.

Watch a video about the system below.

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  • Mike

    To Frank: If you would do some research you will learn that it’s been going on for more years than you can think. You will find Israel has tried for many more decades than you have been alive to find peaceful ways for the countries to live next to each other. The opposition refuses to want to live peacefully as history will show if you really want to do some research.

    Israel has to be commended for being so tolerant and only protects their country. They don’t attack but are attacked more times than you think. Again, study the history before making remarks like that.

    • Todd Wilhelm

      Agreed Mike. Every air carrier in the world would be smart to adapt a manpad defensive system to their aircraft.

  • Prof Asher J Matathias

    It is with a deep sense of pride that I note the work of a first cousin — his late mother and my late father were siblings — in assisting in his important project working for Elbit Systems. Though the idea appears counterintuitive, several hurdles had to be overcome for this anti-terrorist system to be placed on civilian aircraft, yet another reson to fly El Al!
    Woodmere, NY-USA

    • Melody Adams-Forsstrom

      I am totally impressed that EL AL is the only commercial aircraft that has missile detection on all aircrafts C-Music DIRCM system. EL AL should be proud. I would desire that all aircraft acquire this system and utilize it in the manner the Israeli’s do. Excellent job EL AL!

    • Mike

      To AJM,

      Maybe the Israelis should direct their attention and focus more on the underlying causes and reasons for needing protection from Manpad launchers. If they would be more solution oriented in solving their problems with the Arabs they might not need protection for El Al aircraft

      • Frank

        Appeasement never works. We learned that with the airline hijackings to Cuba in the early 70’s. It didn’t stop until we stopped paying ransoms and started arresting the hijackers.