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Origin: United States of America
Parent System: JETEYE
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2006
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Description: BAE Systems JETEYE is a missile defense system suitable for commercial airliners and based on the ATIRCM laser infrared countermeasure system design developed by BAE Systems to protect military rotorcraft. JETEYE development was funded by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) beginning in January 2004. This innovative countermeasure system was designed with the aim to protect a commercial aircraft from multiple infrared-guided missile threats. Besides multiple threats concern, JETEYE also was developed to fit into the existing commercial aircraft infrastructure. Thus facilitating insertion of this key technology into commercial aviation.
JETEYE focus on countering the threat posed by Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) which are very popular among terrorist groups. Those terrorist groups already utilized MANPADS successfully against civil aircraft in Kenya (2002) and Iraq (2003). The most part of currently available MANPADS fire infrared-guided missiles with no more than 5,000 meters of range.
On 10 November 2005 the JETEYE program achieved an important milestone with the first flight installed on an American Airlines Boeing 767 airliner. The 767, owned by American Airlines which is a partner to BAE Systems in this program, was meant to serve as the test bed for the JETEYE program which was expected to be certified by the US FAA in January 2006.
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