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14 Aug 06. BAE Systems has entered Phase III of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) program to protect commercial airliners against infrared guided-missile threats. BAE Systems’ JETEYETM system is based on the U.S. Army’s Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures system to protect military aircraft. The system was flown and tested against simulated man-portable air defense systems, or MANPADS, on an American Airlines Boeing 767 in late 2005. During the 18-month Phase III program, JETEYE will continue flying on the same American Airlines 767 and will also fly on an ABX Air cargo aircraft to continue the reduction of the potential cost to the airline industry by streamlining system installation, reducing aerodynamic drag, and improving reliability and maintainability.

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