This article considers the case for protecting airlines with infra-red countermeasure systems, such as those used by the military, following an attempt by terrorists to down an Israeli airliner at Mombassa Airport in Kenya by firing shoulder-launched SA-7b missiles. This unsuccessful attack was not the first attempt. In 1973 Palestinian terrorists were apprehended while planning to attack an El Al airliner over Rome. The first successful attack came in 1978 when two Air Chad airliners were brought down over Chad. To date Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) have brought down 27 civilian aircraft and 16 military transports. The SA-7 is readily available on the black market, according to the article. The threat posed by MANPADS could be reduced by monitoring possible launch sites near airports. But the article also suggests that aircraft should be able to protect themselves because many fly from a well-equipped airport in Europe or the USA to less well-equipped airports in Africa or Asia. The article offers that countermeasures would be costly to implement, and passengers should be prepared to bear some of this expense.

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    • Page range: pp 18, 20-21
  • Corporate Authors:

    Key Publishing, Limited

    P.O. Box 100
    Stamford,   United Kingdom  PE9 1XQ
  • Authors:
    • Dawes, A
  • Publication Date: 2003-5


  • English

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: 3 p.
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  • Accession Number: 00961049
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 4 2003 12:00AM