FedEx wants to protect its aircraft from missiles with lasers

We have no news that FedEx aircraft have been hit by rockets, but the company’s management apparently wants to be prepared for such a danger. It has applied to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for permission to adjust its Airbus Model A321-200 cargo aircraft accordingly.


The modifications are to be equipped with an infrared laser system that will be able to confuse heat-guided missiles. It is thus possible that FedEx is also responding to the case of the Ukrainian Boeing 737, which was shot down by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps last January using two ground-to-air missiles.

FedEx does not mention this case, but states that incidents have occurred in recent years in which portable anti-aircraft missile kits have been used against civilian aircraft. It is against them that a laser system is to be used, which will try to blind the missiles with its infrared laser.

In the next part of the relevant document however, it is also stated that infrared lasers can pose a danger to humans or animals, which can damage their eyesight or burn them, and then also affect the function of aircraft, both accidentally hit or on which the laser is located.

Thus, several conditions are set to ensure the safe use of laser defense systems. It is also a matter of preventing the laser from being launched from an aircraft standing on the ground or from endangering other aircraft within range during the flight. Appropriate instructions and guidelines, safety documentation and, of course, crews must also be prepared. But all this will come into play only if FedEx gets permission to use laser defense systems.

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