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IAI/ELTA Systems Offers the "Flight Guard" - A Civil Aviation Anti-Missile Self Protection System

Jun 14, 2003

Elta Systems Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd. (IAI), has developed andFlight Guard in actionoffers the "Flight Guard", proven self-protection solution, for the protection of passenger and business jets to counter terrorist missiles attack.

The urgency and importance of anti-missile protection for passenger aircraft was internationally recognized after the attempted missile attack at an Israeli Arkia Airline commercial flight on November 28th 2003, in Mombassa, Kenya.

The system, initially developed for military aircraft and helicopters, detects approaching missiles using sophisticated miniaturized radar that warns the crew and automatically activates advanced countermeasures that diverts the incoming missile from the aircraft.

Flight Guard's main features are:

- Affordable cost
- Available in short time
- Fast installation
- "Field proven" - already saved lives and aircraft
- Fully automatic operation
- Highest level of protection against all relevant future threats
- Already installed and operates by more than 10 (military) customers worldwide
- Simple to operate and maintain

EL M2160 - Missile approach warning systems (MAWS).jpgThe completion of the system's certification by Israel's Civil Aviation Authorities for commercial airplanes is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2003. As such, the Flight Guard self-protection system will be the first system in the market for civil aviation.

The development of this system for commercial aircraft follows a Government of Israel decision, and is supported by the Israeli Civil Aviation Authority.


ELTA systems Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Israel Aircraft Industries, Ltd. (IAI), is one of Israel's leading defense electronics companies and one of the global leaders in some of its areas of expertise. It operates as a defense systems house based on electromagnetic sensors and Information Technology. Its products are designed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, early warning and control, self-protection and self-defense, target acquisition and fire control applications. ELTA's products include components and subassemblies designed and produced in-house, which enable the company to offer comprehensive solutions, tailored and adapted to customers and users special requirements. Based on its existing advanced technologies, ELTA is also active in para-military and commercial markets.

ELTA Systems is a partner in numerous teaming agreements with other defense companies around the world.

For more information, contact:

Doron Suslik
Deputy Corporate Vice President for Communications
Tel: 972 (3) 935-8509
Fax: 972 (3) 935-8512
Email: hpaz@iai.co.il



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