IDF Develops Active Missile-Shield for Helicopters

(Jerusalem Post) Yaakov Katz - Rafael Advanced Defense Systems' Fliker system, a protective shield for helicopters, successfully intercepted a rocket-propelled grenade in its first test recently. Fliker is activated when automatic flares fail to divert an incoming missile. It fires an interceptor that is designed to minimize debris and reduce the risk that shrapnel will hit the aircraft. Both Hamas and Hizbullah have obtained a significant number of shoulder-to-air missiles. During the Second Lebanon War in 2006, Hizbullah shot down a Yasour (Sikorsky CH- 53) transport helicopter in Lebanon, killing its crew.

2012-04-27 00:00:00

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