Time for security? FedEx looks to get missile-defence system for cargo planes in US

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According to the filing, “FedEx missile-defence system directs infrared laser energy towards an incoming missile, in an effort to interrupt the missile’s tracking of the aircraft’s heat.” 

But what’s the need for it, right? Well, there is as a surface-to-air missile slammed into the left wing of an Airbus A330, which was operating for DHL just after takeoff from Baghdad in 2003.   

At that time, the crew had returned to the airport unharmed.    

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“In recent years, in several incidents abroad, civilian aircraft were fired upon by man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS),” the document said.    

“This has led several companies to design and adapt systems like a laser-based missile-defence system for installation on civilian aircraft, to protect those aircraft against heat-seeking missiles,” it added.   

(With inputs from agencies)