Published On: Mon, Jul 13th, 2015

Eilat-bound jets get anti-missile defense pods

SkyShield installed on commercial airliners servicing southern resort town due to threat of attacks from Sinai Peninsula

Israir - Airbus A320-232 - Tel Aviv Ben Gurion - 4X-ABG
According to a report Monday in the daily Yedioth Ahronoth, the Israeli defense establishment gave the order to deploy the SkyShield missile defense systems to Arkia and Israir flights to Eilat two weeks ago, after an Islamic State-affiliated group carried out a major offensive against the Egyptian military in the Sinai.
The new defensive measure, the report said, was introduced in response to concerns that terrorist groups operating in the Sinai Peninsula may try to attack planes flying near the border between Israel and Egypt.

The Defense Ministry announced last year that it had completed testing the SkyShield system, which was deemed “100 percent successful.”

The system combines lasers and a thermal camera to thwart ground-to-air missiles and change the inbound projectile’s trajectory.

Israeli defense tech company Elbit Systems began developing the SkyShield jamming system about a decade ago, in the wake of a failed missile attack on an Israeli airliner… READ MORE

Times Of Israel

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