Israel Rushes Airliner Defenses as Libya Leaks SAMs

(Reuters) Dan Williams - Israel has accelerated the installation of anti-missile defenses on its airliners, a security official said on Friday, seeing an enhanced risk of attack by militants using looted Libyan arms. Jets flown by El Al and two other Israeli carriers are being equipped with a locally made system known as C-Music that uses a laser to "blind" heat-seeking missiles, the official said, giving a 2013 target for fitting most of the fleet. Israel's main international gateway, Ben-Gurion Airport, is 10 km. (6 miles) from the West Bank.

2011-11-11 00:00:00

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