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Fri Jan 14, 2022, 04:06 PM

FedEx Asks FAA to Let It Install Anti-Missile Lasers on Its Cargo Planes

With the right military equipment, a single person can target a plane from three miles away using a heat-seeking missile. While such a nightmare is a rare occurrence, FedEx has applied to the FAA seeking approval to install a laser-based, anti-missile defense system on its cargo planes as an added safety measure.

The basics of how heat-seeking missiles work is mostly self-explanatory. They target and track a source of heat—such as the hot air coming out of a jet’s engine—and automatically make in-flight course adjustments so the missile reaches its target without any input from the weapon’s operator. They’ve been popularized in action movies, but the technology is far from infallible.

Military planes carry flares that can be remotely ignited and ejected by a pilot to throw off a heat-seeking missile’s targeting system with an alternate heat source, while the plane itself performs evasive maneuvers in an attempt to fool the incoming projectile. Those countermeasures are less effective for larger aircraft, however, with larger heat signatures as a result of multiple jet engines under each wing, and considerably less maneuverability than a fighter jet. An alternative solution is the use of a device that fires an infrared laser directly at an incoming missile in an attempt to disrupt its ability to track the aircraft’s heat signature. It’s not entirely unlike someone struggling to catch a baseball with the sun in their eyes, but with the sun actively tracking and targeting the person wearing the glove.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/fedex-asks-faa-to-let-it-install-anti-missile-lasers-on-its-cargo-planes/ar-AASMWxj?ocid=msedgntp

What could possibly go wrong

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Ohio Joe Jan 14 OP
underpants Jan 14 #1
DBoon Jan 14 #3
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Gidney N Cloyd Jan 14 #9
Ocelot II Jan 14 #2
Mr.Bill Jan 14 #6
zipplewrath Jan 14 #8
bluecollar2 Jan 14 #10
A HERETIC I AM Jan 14 #4
underpants Jan 14 #5
Shermann Jan 14 #7
underpants Jan 14 #11
EX500rider Jan 14 #12

Response to Ohio Joe (Original post)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 04:09 PM

1. I own stock in UPS. We better get some damn missiles too.

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Response to underpants (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 04:15 PM

3. The missile gap revisited

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Response to underpants (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 04:36 PM

9. .

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Response to Ohio Joe (Original post)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 04:12 PM

2. Why would a cargo plane need such a thing?

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 04:23 PM

6. Maybe for a reduction on their insurance costs?

There can be millions of dollars of cargo on those planes.

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 04:33 PM

8. They fly all over the world

They fly in and around some real hot spots. They probably are trying to position themselves to have some sort of defense.

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 04:55 PM

10. Because random acts of violence against random targets

Are the basis of terrorism.

The idea that anyone or anything can be targeted is the philosophy.

Growing up on England during the seventies there was no doubt the IRA used those tactics. Pubs, buses, shopping centers were all fair game.

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Response to Ohio Joe (Original post)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 04:17 PM

4. "This is a lovely 3 bedroom, 2 bath Ranch/Colonial with a fenced yard, good schools....

And so far has had only 3 missiles land on the property”

Yeah…what could POSSIBLY go wrong?

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 04:21 PM

5. Oh 2516 EAST Grace street.....sorry about that

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Response to Ohio Joe (Original post)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 04:25 PM

7. What cargo planes REALLY need are anti-laser missiles

Fire missiles at those jackasses on the ground with the laser pointers. That'll learn 'em.

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Response to Shermann (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 05:44 PM

11. Yeah! 💥

but not DHL - that’s the German Bundespost

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Response to Ohio Joe (Original post)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 06:13 PM

12. "What could possibly go wrong" Yes, what could go wrong?

It's a entirely defensive system using beams of light.

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