Israeli airlines move closer to missile defence system

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Israel's civil aviation authority is in the process of certifying the C-Music countermeasures suite produced by Elbit Systems for passenger aircraft.

Adi Dar, general manager of El Op, the division of Elbit Systems which has developed C-Music (Commercial Multi-Spectral Infrared Countermeasures), said that certification will cover the system's use on Boeing 737, 747 and 777 aircraft, along with Airbus A320s.

C-Music is based on similar technology developed for the military which disrupts missiles fired at aircraft and causes them to veer off course by transmitting a laser beam.

Under a $76 million agreement with the Israeli ministry of transport signed in June 2009, C-Music will be installed on aircraft belonging to Israel's main commercial airlines, thought to be El Al, Israir and Arkia.