Laurence Simon, at The Command Post, informs us about a successful test of the Flight Guard airliner defense system. Haaretz reports:
Last October, before I was a contributor to The Command Post, I posted that El Al, Israel's national airline, has installed the Flight Guard anti- system on some of its airliners. I don't understand why this product isn't being installed on all ailiners. I'm sure it's expensive, but it won't cost the ailines as much as having an airliner brought down by an evil doer using a shoulder fired missle.
Monday's test was supervised by the air force and involved a Boeing 737 owned by Elta, an IAI company, on which the three main elements of the system were mounted: the radar, a control center and special infrared flares, which are invisible to the naked eye. The Elta-made radar spotted the Strella SA7 the moment it was launched - though it was a virtual launch - and the control system launched the flares. The virtual s chased after the flares as they flew away from the plane, which continued on its flight path.