DHS to look at alternatives to defend jets from missles

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking into alternative systems to protect commercial airliners from the threat of shoulder−fired missiles. DHS last week released a solicitation for help in evaluating systems to defend against Man Portable Air Defense Systems, or MANPADS. The department already is in the midst of a high−profile counter−MANPADS program that involves adapting military technology for use on commercial jets. But last week’s solicitation specifically seeks other kinds of technology. The program will evaluate systems that are based on existing component technologies, rather than new ones, the solicitation stated. “The counter−MANPADS program has been going on for a few years, and it’s been all directed towards technologies on airborne platforms,” said Larry Orluskie, a DHS spokesperson. “What we’re looking for here in this announcement is other technologies.” The analysis of ground−based systems will be limited to the airports in Denver; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Newark, NJ; San Diego; and the Washington National Airport.

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