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New York, This is the tragic fate of the passengers on a Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that fell a few days ago and suspected missile strike. It turns out that there is an effort to create a trading system for the protection of aircraft against missile attacks; it's just that the price is still very expensive.
Each passenger aircraft have become familiar with safety procedures: take off your shoes, put the laptop in a plastic bin, remove all metal objects in the bag and put the liquid into separate plastic bags, and to walk through the metal detector.
However, precautions, designed to protect passengers from the possibility of a bomb or a gun does not move to prevent the arrival of missiles that can blow up a jet plane taking off.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 who was shot last week focused on the protection of aircraft against possible missile attacks, which have devastating dozen commercial aircraft in aviation history.
a system created by Israel, "Sky Shield" is an answer. Part that authorities have succeeded in protecting El Al Boeing 737 in a test series.
Sky Shield 'system is based on laser technology that deflect missiles fired antiaircraft and the passage of the railway missiles, has been selected by the Israeli Ministry of Transportation to protect Israeli planes, "the ministry statement Israeli Defense after a series of tests earlier this year.
"The test series includes different types of threats that must be met by the system" Sky Shield "while protecting passenger aircraft.”
United States Air Force (USAF) currently uses a technology called infrared systems against large-measures to protect aircraft jumbo cargo planes and fuel.
Air Force one, a modified Boeing 747, believed to have been equipped with the kind of deterrent missile. However, the installation of similar equipment on a scheduled flight time is still far off.
"It's not a magic wand and will not solve the problem," warned Jim Walsh, program director for Security Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA). But, he said, the protection of ordinary aircraft is the idea of "just explored."
Walsh said it is difficult to protect civilian aircraft from the launcher rocket powerful military, as Buk M-1 is believed to be a missile targeting MH17.
He said the technology could be used to protect the missiles fired from monitoring a shoulder launcher, which is expected to become a threat increasingly common.
In 2002, terrorists in Mombasa, Kenya, suspected of trying to shoot missiles propelled shoulder Israeli aircraft during takeoff from the international airport, he fired, but missed.
There are a number of reports that the militants had been stripped and storage of MANPADS shoulder-propelled missiles in Syria and Iraq.
But Walsh argues that the airline industry in the United States would not be in a hurry to make a backup because most Americans are not flying through war zones.
"It costs about $ 1 million per unit," he said. "We are talking about $ 4 billion and frankly American flights - Commercial, Delta, USAir, and United - not landing in hazardous locations.
So I think you see is not necessarily a commercial aircraft that would absorb the cost of it. When looking at what is happening, I assume to be the issue, is a flight that is still in the area, which a few days earlier that there was an attack against a military plane to 20,000 feet, but they still use the air space, why? Because it ... save $ 1,500 in fuel costs. "
Northrop Grumman has developed the missile avoidance system, which is known as the "Guardian", which has been installed in a number of planes MD-11.