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FedEx asks FAA permission to add anti-missile system to some cargo planes - Erie News Now

FedEx asks FAA permission to add anti-missile system to some cargo planes - Erie News Now
By Pete Muntean, CNN

The agency said that the "FedEx missile-defense system directs infrared laser energy toward an incoming missile, in an effort to interrupt the missile's tracking of the aircraft's heat," according a Friday filing by the Federal Aviation Administration." Now aviation regulators will hear 45 days of public comment before approving "a system that emits infrared laser energy outside the aircraft as a countermeasure against heatseeking missiles" on Airbus A321-200 aircraft."In recent years, in several incidents abroad, civilian aircraft were fired upon by man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS)," the FAA document says.The FAA document says FedEx started the government approval process for modifying A321-200s back in 2019, even though the company does not yet own such aircraft.

In a filing Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration indicated FedEx had asked permission to add the missile-defense system.News FedEx asks FAA permission to add anti-missile system to some cargo planes Friday, January 14th 2022, 5:30 PM EST By Pete Muntean, CNN FedEx wants to operate cargo planes outfitted with lasers that throw off incoming heat-seeking missiles, according to a newly published federal documents.

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