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The FAA in the United States is reviewing FedEx' proposal to install the A321 laser-based missile defense system

The FAA in the United States is reviewing FedEx' proposal to install the A321 laser-based missile defense system

WASHINGTON, January 14 (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced on Friday that it would provide a framework to allow FedEx to use a laser-based missile-defense on Airbus A321-200 airplanes.

FedEx Corp, a delivery company, submitted an application in October 2019 to allow use of a feature that emits infrared laser energy outside the aircraft as a countermeasure against heat-seeking missiles, according to the document.

A spokeswoman for FedEx has declined immediate comment on whether it is still considering the application.

Airbus does not immediately comment on the FAA's request.

For decades, the airline industry and several governments have been dealing with the dangers that shoulder-fired missiles known as Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADs) pose to airliners.

"In an effort to stop the exchange, the FedEx missile-defense system directed infrared laser energy toward an incoming missile.

The FAA document said that the missile is tracking the aircraft's temperature.

The FAA proposed conditions before it would consider considering approving the system, e.g., ensuring it will prevent the inadvertent operation while on the ground, including during maintenance.

Since the 1970s, more than 40 civil airplanes have been flung by MANPADs.

In November 2002, two missiles fell asleep in a Boeing 757 passenger jet from Arkia Israeli Airlines.

Those involving cargo aircraft have been targeted.

A DHL A300 cargoer from Airbus was damaged in 2003 and forced to make an emergency landing in Baghdad.

FedEx took part in a federal investigation into missile anti-missile technology for civil aircraft in 2007 and 2008 while BAE Systems said it had installed its JetEye system on an American Airlines airplane.

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