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FedEx is eager to protect planes from laser missiles.  He has already requested permission from the authorities - Živě.cz

FedEx is eager to protect planes from laser missiles. He has already requested permission from the authorities – Živě.cz

International shipping companies is not easy. They carry so many packages that they get lost sometimes, but the bad guys still fire surface-to-air missiles at their planes here and there.

Well, the second risk probably won’t be that high – unless you take the shipment to Kabul, Afghanistan, for example – but it’s really a matter for US FedEx. Three years ago, the company asked the local Federal Aviation Administration to give it the green light to install missile defenses.

The application, now published by the FAA itself (PDF) relating to a specific model of the Airbus A321-200 freighter. The published part is very little in the word. Basically, he only writes about some general systems that rely on Infrared laser technologyAim at heat-guided missiles.

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Brief description of the technology in FAA documents

So it is likely that the whole system will consist of two parts. A search engine that identifies fast approaching targets, and an active component that is likely to try to confuse the projectile’s measurement mechanism by irradiating it with a powerful laser and generating heat.

Another option is to heat some other false target with a laser, perhaps the most common technique for firing a large number of false thermal targets – fireworks flares.

In any case, the FAA continues to discuss the order, how it will end, and whether our transatlantic shipments will be guarded by infrared lasers, remains a question.

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