Airliner Anti-Missile System - Page 2

View Poll Results :Should they spend on Airliner anti-missile Systems
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January 26th, 2005  

Topic: i know

Sorry if you thought I was arguing, as I wasn't.

Just saying what I see.

Other countries have spent decades of getting use to terroisim and protecting them from it.

America like a new country it is, it has to face what every other country has gone through. In a way that USA is lucky that its started now cus back in the 70's you would most prob. not been able to handle it as good as now.
January 26th, 2005  
Israeli civilian aircraft are being modifed for this right now...but they are in far greater risk...
January 26th, 2005  
You know the airplane tickets are high enough right now. I can't believe a ticked from Toronto, Canada to Hartford, Connecticut costs over $1000 american dollars!!! and its only a 45 minute ride!
January 26th, 2005  
Whispering Death
You need to find another flyer EagleStrike, the aircraft companies are cutting eachothers throats trying to underbid their competitors. Shop around a bit and I'm sure you can bring that down.
January 26th, 2005  
If you have noticed, price of tickets to fly from New York all around to Shanghai will cost around 1000 American dollars if you are able to find an affordable travel agency.

You know the airplane tickets are high enough right now. I can't believe a ticked from Toronto, Canada to Hartford, Connecticut costs over $1000 american dollars!!! and its only a 45 minute ride!
It depends on the airline company. Some charge very low, some charge very high. And you meant Economy Class right?
January 26th, 2005  
Yeah economy class the lowest price was a little over 1000 US

Weird how to some places its really cheap even though the flight is really long but other places real expensive.
July 14th, 2005  
Duty Honor Country
It looks like the US governmnet is still pushing ahead with the R&D of an airline missile deffence system. The costs still look to be anywhere from $6-10 billion dollars for equiping the entire US fleet with it.

Airliners may get missile defenses

By Gary Stoller, USA TODAY
The government will begin testing anti-missile equipment on three airliners next month, a first step toward what could be the most expensive security upgrade ever ordered for the nation's aviation system.

Both Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems will rig out-of-service planes with laser defense systems designed to misdirect shoulder-fired missiles, said John Kubricky, director of the Department of Homeland Security's systems engineering and development office. Test results will be sent to Congress early next year.

It could take years before passenger planes carry protection against missiles, a weapon terrorists might use to shoot down jets and cause economic havoc in the airline industry. The tests will help the nation's leaders decide if they should install laser systems on all 6,800 aircraft in the U.S. airline fleet at a cost of at least $6 billion.

"Yes, it will cost money, but it's the same cost as an aircraft entertainment system," Kubricky says.

The system fits inside a pod that bolts to the bottom of a jet and is equipped with sensors that can detect a shoulder-fired missile. A swiveling turret would then fire a laser beam that could confound the sensitive heat-seeking components of the missile.

Northrop and BAE Systems each have Department of Homeland Security contracts of about $45 million to develop the anti-missile systems for airliners. Both already sell anti-missile systems for military aircraft. BAE will begin testing its airliner system on an out-of-service American Airlines Boeing 767 in early September, according to BAE business manager Steve duMont.

President Bush's proposed budget for fiscal year 2006 includes $110 million to continue development of the systems, but no money to buy them, says Department of Homeland Security spokesman Donald Tighe. Each laser system costs about $1 million.

Billie Vincent, former head of security for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the government should spend whatever it takes to get effective defense systems in place. He cited a long history of shoulder-fired missiles being used against airliners.

Though no plane in the U.S. has ever been attacked, about 35 airliners and other non-military planes have been attacked elsewhere by shoulder-fired missiles since the late 1970s, according to an October 2004 report by the Congressional Research Service. The attacks shot down 24 aircraft and killed 500 people.

A RAND Corp. study this year recommended postponing installation of anti-missile systems. The study assumed, however, that it would cost $11 billion not the $6 billion Northrop now cites to equip all U.S. aircraft with anti-missile technology.

Another study this year by the Cato Institute, a Washington think tank, says the government should divert more money to anti-missile systems on airliners. The study says a successful shoulder-fired missile attack could deter the public from flying, create huge airline losses and devastate the economy.