In a recent filing, FedEx sought permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), to add an anti-missile system to cargo planes to protect them against heat-seeking missiles. Transport and logistics giant FedEx asked for approval to add the missile-defence system. The agency said that the “FedEx missile-defence system directs infrared laser energy toward an incoming missile, in an effort to interrupt the missile’s tracking of the aircraft’s heat.”
The move comes after a threat over the tracking of the aircraft’s heat. In 2003, a surface-to-air missile slammed into the left wing of an Airbus A330 operating for DHL just after takeoff from Baghdad. The crew returned to the airport unharmed. “In recent years, in several incidents abroad, civilian aircraft were fired upon by man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS),” the FAA document said.
”This has led several companies to design and adapt systems like a laser-based missile-defence system for installation on civilian aircraft, to protect those aircraft against heat-seeking missiles,” FAA added.