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U.S. Examining Anti-Missile Systems for Airliners

The Bush administration is reviewing proposals to defend commercial airliners against attacks from shoulder-held missiles, although officials say it could be years before any system is implemented. The Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday it plans to award preliminary contracts to one or more companies in December for a six-month program to adapt existing anti-missile military technologies for use on commercial airliners. Among the companies vying for these contracts are Northrop Grumman Corp. ; Raytheon Co., together with Elta Systems Ltd., a unit of state-controlled Israel Aircraft Industries; Alliant Techsystems Inc. ; and the U.S. unit of Britain’s BAE Systems Plc . Full Story

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