Israel has announced that it will install a new system to protect its airspace
from terrorist attack and also upgrade existing civilian aircraft missile defences.
to the prime minister''s office, the Israeli cabinet has been briefed about a soon-to-be
installed system that will recognize planes flying in Israeli airspace. The system
would identify any plane "in a way that would significantly reduce the danger
of unidentified or hijacked airplanes entering Israeli airspace in order to perpetrate
terrorist attacks," a statement said.
to the statement, the current anti-missile system on Israel''s commercial airline
fleet will also be upgraded.
the start of 2008, development will commence on a new technological system to
replace the system presently being installed," it said, adding that Israel
was "the first nation in the world to reinforce its commercial airline fleet
against missile attacks."
November 28, 2002, an Israeli jetliner came under attack from two missiles that
narrowly missed the plane as it took off from Mombasa, Kenya, with 261 passengers
December 2005, it was confirmed by the Israeli transport ministry that Israel
had begun equipping its national carrier El Al with an anti-missile system, the
Flight Guard, developed by Israeli arms major ELTA.
costs of the system are reported to be in the region of $1 million per aircraft.