As anti-aircraft shoulder missiles fall into the hands of terrorist organizations and guerilla groups around the world and threaten a variety of planes, aircraft defense systems are constantly being developed. Until now, what has the solution to this threat been? How can laser beams help? And what solutions are on the horizon?

As anti-aircraft shoulder missiles only become more sophisticated, threatened aircrafts have to be equipped with latest and most sophisticated defense systems. Anti-aircraft missiles that different terrorist organizations around the world hold in their possession threaten both military planes and civilian passenger aircrafts. As a result, defense contractors around the world are constantly developing new capabilities to contend with the ever-transforming threat.

One of the most common ways to protect against missiles launched towards planes is through a kind of heat chaff emitted from the plane, generally referred to as a “flare”. Because the anti-aircraft missile follows a heat source, the flare confuses it, causing it to advance in its direction, instead of continuing towards the plane. “These systems are always being upgraded”, explains Shabati Rabinowitz, head of the Self-Defense Division at Elta, which develops missile detection radar systems. “At the moment, we are developing capabilities on planes to improve the detection of certain missiles.