SkyShield uses laser and thermal imaging to deflect incoming threats against commercial aircraft; after three years of development, SkyShield developed and announced to public
Elbert Systems and Israel’s Transportation Ministry have announced that they have cooperatively completed final testing of its new system to protect commercial aircraft from missile attacks.
The project, three years in making, is the “SkyShield”- a defense system with advanced laser technology and thermal imaging to deflect any incoming threats against commercial aircraft.
SkyShield was announced successful and certified for commercial use on Thursday, in what Brigadier General Eitan Eshel, Director of Israel’s Ministry of Defense stated was a long process due to “seven years or so to take a decision and another three years of actual development” adding that SkyShield is “validated under the most complex and sophisticated testing conditions ever conduction in Israel… and is ready to protect Israeli airlines.”
CEO of Elbit System, Butzi Machlis stated that SkyShiled stated “hundreds of engineers worked on this program to optimize technologies and ensure its adaptation to the civilian environment.”
The concept of SkyShield comes from the Mombasa attack in 2002 in Kenya when terrorists targeted an Israeli charter flight with SA-7 missiles. The attack was unsuccessful but gave awareness to Israel’s need to create defense techniques for commercial aircraft.
Mid-January, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems unveiled the “Iron Beam,” a defense system with a high-energy laser system created to down short-range rockets. Alongside the Iron Dome, Israel’s defense techniques are the most advanced worldwide and will contribute to Israel’s safety and security, as well as its economy.