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Airliner anti-missile system to be tested

In a major step toward placing anti-missile technology on commercial jetliners, the Homeland Security Department said Tuesday that it had selected three companies, including two with Chicago ties, to begin developing and testing such a system. The technology, which could cost as much as $1 million per jetliner and be retrofitted on as many as 6,800 planes, would give the aircraft protection from terrorists with shoulder-fired missiles. Such defenses, which confuse and redirect heat-seeking missiles away from aircraft engines, already are used on some military helicopters and planes, including Air Force One. The Homeland Security Department said it chose Northrop Grumman Co., United Airlines and BAE Systems to develop and test prototypes in order to prove the viability of such systems. Full Story

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