16 Jul 08. BAE Systems’ JETEYE™ infrared missile defense system has completed its first flight on a scheduled American Airlines aircraft flying from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport. This begins the final phase of a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program to test the suitability of missile protection equipment for commercial aircraft. Previously, the technology was successfully evaluated on an American Airlines test aircraft and an ABX Air, Inc. cargo aircraft. As part of the DHS Counter-Man-Portable Air Defense System (MANPADS) program, JETEYE will be installed on two further American Airlines 767-200 aircraft for
daily cross-country flights between now and March 2009. The service evaluation will demonstrate the system’s maintainability and reliability, as well as overall suitability with the airline industry. There will be no live-fire testing during these flights.
22 Jul 08. Raytheon Company’s JPS Communications has been awarded a $5.4m contract to supply Canadian-based ATCO Electric with an APCO Project 25 (P25) radio solution that enables public utility personnel to easily share information in real time.