Israeli airliners are to be equipped with laser anti-missile defenses after the Ministry of Transportation awarded Elbit Systems a $76 million contract to supply C-Music directed infrared countermeasures (Dircm) systems. A countermeasures system that dispenses decoy flares was fitted on an Israeli airliner following the attempt to shoot down an Arkia 757 at Mombasa, Kenya, in 2002. The laser system, which jams infrared seekers, is more effective against newer surface-to-air missiles. ...

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