June 19, 2013 - Cassidian, the defense and
security division of EADS, has developed an
intelligent system for the protection of civil
aircraft against attacks by missiles of the Man
Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) type
which will allow aircraft to fly over crisis
areas, to take off and land on civil airports
and also to fly in civil airspace.
As reported by the company, following extensive
investigations, the aviation authorities EASA
and LBA have now given a positive answer to a
preliminary query submitted by Cassidian, which
means that the system now can be integrated into
aircraft of the size of business jets, outside
of scheduled traffic.
This particularly concerns aircraft operators
which offer air transport to crisis areas on
behalf of governments or aid organizations and
which are particularly exposed to attacks by
light IR-guided missiles, the so-called MANPADS.