Raytheon Working With Israel Aircraft Industries' Elta
Raytheon is working
with Israel Aircraft Industries' Elta Systems in pursuit of the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security's program to equip commercial
aircraft with missile protection systems.
The Raytheon/Elta system, dubbed "SafeFlight," is a unique, low
cost solution combining Elta's missile approach warning system and
Raytheon's countermeasure dispensing system. In operation,
SafeFlight will detect an incoming missile and quickly divert it
from the targeted aircraft.
The system operates independently, requires no pilot interaction
or training, involves minimal maintenance, and is invisible from
air or ground locations.
Both the missile warning and countermeasure subsystems have been
proven in military application. Elta's missile warning system, part
of its "Flight Guard" system already in operation on 150 military
aircraft as well as on several commercial aircraft, is an advanced
pulse Doppler radar proven operationally successful in 10
"Flight Guard," with the Elta radar, was recently selected by
the Israel Ministry of Transportation to outfit Israel's commercial
countermeasure, demonstrated successfully on U.S. Air Force
transport and tactical aircraft, is designed to release invisible,
environmentally safe material into the atmosphere to defeat
infrared missile threats during takeoff and landing operations.
SafeFlight is fully automatic, easy to install and maintain, and a
lower cost alternative to competing technologies.
"SafeFlight represents a unique opportunity for Raytheon to
apply its combat-proven military technology to the commercial
marketplace," said Pat Hurley, vice president and general manager
of Raytheon's Electronic Warfare Systems organization. "We look
forward to playing a key role in the defense of our homeland, and
we're especially proud to do it with a world-renowned and respected
company such as Elta."
Israel Livnat, Israel Aircraft Industries' corporate vice
president and president of Elta Systems, said, "We are eager to
work with Raytheon on such an important program to protect American
airliners. Our missile warning technology is second to none and
will seamlessly integrate with Raytheon's infrared countermeasure
capability for a highly effective system solution."