Israel's Elbit Systems presented a full-size model of its C-MUSIC system
at the Paris Air Show. C-MUSIC, a pod that measures 2.7 meters, was designed to protect large
commercial aircraft against man-portable air defense systems.
"Due to its reliability, rapid response and ability to effectively deal
with multiple threats, the system is considered to be among the most
advanced of its kind in the world today," Elbit said.
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C-MUSIC, based on an older system now used on helicopters and turboprop
aircraft, uses fiber-laser directed infrared to foil surface-to-air missile
attacks. Elbit said the autonomous system could be modified to fit all air
The Israeli government has selected C-MUSIC to protect the nation's
commercial air fleet. The Israeli Civilian Aviation Authority has certified
the system, which has enabled Elbit to market abroad.
Elbit began working on C-MUSIC in wake of a failed Al Qaida SAM-7 attack
on an Israeli passenger jet in Kenya in 2002. A rival Israeli company,
Israel Military Industries, has developed flares to divert incoming
"Compact, lightweight and easy to install, C-MUSIC minimizes any effect
on the aircraft's performance, while maximizing the level of protection
offered in even the most vulnerable areas," Elbit said.