Israeli govt approves missile defence funding

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Installation of countermeasures on Israel-registered civil aircraft for protection against shoulder-launched missiles will be accelerated following an Israeli cabinet decision on 4 September to allocate funds for the project.

Israel's government has been grappling with the problem since a failed attempt in 2002 to shoot down an Arkia Boeing 757-300 on take off from Kenya's Mombassa airport.

Aircraft will be fitted with the C-MUSIC system developed by the ELOP division of Elbit Systems.

One problem still to be overcome before installation can proceed is how to compensate the airlines for the additional weight of the system.