Another reason to fly EL AL.
Our national airline's commercial jets will be the first to be equipped with the new Sky Shield system.
(Let's hope some of the government ministries will come up with the over one million dollars per plane.)
Sky Shield was successfully tested using live missiles on Wednesday, Haifa-based Elbit Systems proudly announced.
As the Times of Israel article explains, the defense system integrates laser technology with a thermal camera to protect aircraft from shoulder-launched missiles fired [by terrorists] from the ground.
Sky Shield deflects an in-coming missile by changing its direction.
I assume the missile then explodes in the air somewhere.
C-MUSIC is another name for the system and stands for Multi-spectral infra-red counter-measure.
Here is a photo of a dismounted unit.
See a simulated scenario of how it works in this short video at the Jerusalem Post.
(A post for Sky Watch Friday.)