JERUSALEM, Israel, 21 March 2014. The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) in cooperation with the Civil Aviation Authority at the Ministry of Transport and the project’s prime contractor, Elbit Systems, have completed a series of tests on the SkyShield system designed to protect passenger aircraft against shoulder-fired artillery.
Israeli Ministry of Transport officials selected the SkyShield system, based on advanced laser technology that deflects missiles fired at aircrafts deviating them from their trajectory, to protect Israeli airlines’ airplanes.
The tests, conducted in a test range in the south of Israel, were the most complex and sophisticated ever held in the State of Israel, officials affirm. The series of tests included a wide variety of threats that the SkyShield system would have to tackle in order to protect passenger aircraft.
SkyShield is programmed to protect aircraft automatically and combines advanced detection and deflection technologies that comply with stringent civil aviation regulations.