FedEx seeks FAA approval for anti-missile system on cargo planes, know why | Mobility News

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In a recent filing, FedEx asked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for permission to add an anti-missile system to cargo planes to protect them against heat-seeking missiles. Transportation and logistics giant FedEx has requested permission to add the missile defense system. The agency said “the FedEx Missile Defense System directs infrared laser energy at an incoming missile, in an effort to disrupt the missile’s tracking of aircraft heat.”

The move comes after a threat over the plane’s heat tracking. In 2003, a surface-to-air missile struck the left wing of an Airbus A330 operating for DHL just after takeoff from Baghdad. The crew returned to the airport safe and sound. “In recent years, in several incidents overseas, civilian aircraft have been targeted by man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS),” the FAA document states.

“This has led several companies to design and adapt systems like a laser-based missile defense system for installation on civilian aircraft, to protect those aircraft from heat-seeking missiles,” the FAA added. Now, aviation regulators will hear 45 days of public comment. before approving “a system that emits infrared laser energy outside the aircraft as a countermeasure against heat-seeking missiles” on the Airbus A321-200.

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The FAA document states that “FedEx initiated the government approval process for modification of the A321-200s in 2019, although the company does not yet own such aircraft.” The FAA states that any approval must include “means that prevent inadvertent activation of the system on the ground, including during aircraft maintenance and ground handling” because laser accidents can result in injury. eyes and skin.

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