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Study Cites High Costs of Airliner Antimissile Systems

Although airlines face a clear threat from terrorists using shoulder-fired missiles, a new study by Rand Corp. concludes that combating the proliferation of such weapons holds more immediate promise than equipping jetliners with costly and unproven antimissile systems.The study, released Tuesday, said that using laser technology to detect and destroy approaching missiles would cost billions of dollars to install on 6,800 commercial jetliners and consume too great a share of the nation’s spending on airline safety. Instead, the study found that the nation’s airports and travelers would be better served by a combination of other security measures that would reduce the possibility of extremists acquiring deadly heat-seeking missiles.Full Story

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