Israel: The Israeli Defence Ministry and Elbit Systems have successfully completed a trial programme of the C-Music system designed to protect passenger aircraft from the threat of shoulder-launched missiles. The system, after detecting incoming missiles with an infrared sensor, fires a laser that disrupts the missile's navigation system and throws it off course away from its intended target. C-Music was chosen by the Israeli Transportation Ministry to protect Israeli airliners.
"The experiments, carried out in southern Israel were some of the most complex and sophisticated ever carried out in Israel. They simulated a range of threats that the C-Music system will have to deal with. C-Music is considered the most advanced system of its kind in the world, and will provide ultimate defence to planes. It combined advanced detection and disruption technologies, and meets the stringent requirements of commercial flight,” said a spokesperson from Defence Ministry. "Hundreds of engineers took part in the development stage, and the product is at the end limit of detection and disruption technology," said Brig Gen (res) Ophir Shoham, Head of the Defence Ministry's Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure. "The success of the test has proven the system's qualitative capabilities and positions Israel as a global leader in the field of protection of aircraft against shoulder-launched missiles," said Bezhalel Machlis, President and CEO of Elbit Systems.
Source: Business standard