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U.S. testing missile defence system for airliners
30 May 2005

An American Airlines Boeing 767 and two jets owned by Northwest Airlines and FedEx will be tested with infrared laser-based systems designed to find and disable shoulder-fired missiles. The tests are being financed by the Department of Homeland Security and are conducted in the light of several attempts to bring down civilian planes using so called Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) such as Stingers and SA-7`s. (The Seattle Times)