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September 20, 2006

Anti-Missile Device in Testing

FedEx is testing the defense systems on members of their fleet.

Called the Guardian, the defense system uses a multi-band laser to throw off the infrared heat detectors employed in many shoulder-fired missiles.

The move is a part of a $109 million feasibility study conducted by
the Department of Homeland Security to see if such a system can be
implemented fleet-wide in a cost-effective manner.


There is argument on how worthwhile the systems are for the cost. Googling around, it is claimed the cost could be as much as $365 per flight, which would cost commercial airlines billions.
Still. Pretty nifty.


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