BAE Systems has received a $29 million award from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to test an infrared aircraft missile defense system on passenger aircraft. The tests will evaluate the system’s compatibility with daily passenger airline operations and maintenance.
As part of the Department of Homeland Security`s (DHS) counter-man-portable air defense system (MANPADS) program, BAE Systems will install its JETEYE aircraft missile defense system on up to three American Airlines aircraft.
The JETEYE system is based on BAE Systems` existing directable infrared countermeasures technology, used to protect military aircraft. (The Centre Daily Times)