Successful tests of the system that will protect civilian planes from man-portable missiles, such as shoulder missiles, which could be fired from the ground, took place today (Wednesday). The Ministry of Defense, Transportation and the Elbit company announced that tests of the new technology were successfully completed in an isolated area in the south of Israel, the most advanced and complex tests to ever take place in Israel.

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The Ministry of Defense, Transportation and the company ‘Elbit Systems’ revealed today (Wednesday) that tests of the their anti-missile technology for civilian aircraft were successfully completed. The ‘Flight Guard’ system is set to be the newest addition to aircraft around the world to protect against the imminent threat of man-portable missiles fired during flight.

The system, based on the most advanced laser technology, confuses the incoming missile fired at the aircraft, guiding the potentially dangerous threat off of its track. The Transportation Ministry has chosen to use the technology on aircraft belonging to Israeli companies.

The experiments with the new technology were carried out in an enclosed area in the south of Israel, and the Ministry of Defense stated following the tests that the military technology was the most advanced and complex that has yet to be seen in Israel. During the demonstration of the technology, the system was ordered to face a number of serious threats to the aircraft and succeeded in deterring them.

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Flight guard Photo Credit: Defense Ministry, Elbit Systems

“The ‘Flight Guard’ system is the most advanced of its kind in the world, and was designed to protect the plane in an automatic fashion”, explained sources with the Ministry of Defense. “The system combines advanced detection and aversion technology, and fulfills the strict security conditions for civilian aircraft and is extremely dependable”. The technology belonging to Elbit Systems, a company with customers all over the world, is being tested and piloted on Israeli civilian aircraft, and in the Italian and Brazilian air forces.