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Title    FedEx Asks Permission to Install Anti-Missile Lasers on its Cargo Jet
Date    Tuesday January 18, @11:59PM
Author    martyb
Topic   
from the Pew!-Pew!-Pew! dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=22/01/18/1510232

upstart writes:

FedEx Asks Permission to Install Anti-Missile Lasers on Its Cargo Jet:

FedEx has asked the US Federal Aviation Administration if it could install anti-missile lasers on cargo jets, according to a request filed earlier this month. The FAA request is set to be published on the public register next week.

Heat-seeking missiles detect and target heat from cargo jet engines, and because these planes are less maneuverable that a fighter jet, they're hard to shake off. Gizmodo reports that anti-missile lasers act like a distraction, shining an infrared laser directly at the missile to disrupt its ability to track a heat signature.

Although it may seem out of left field, supply chain issues have been causing food and product shortages since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Last year, hackers even deployed ransomware attacks on a major agricultural services provider. With those cyberpunk logistics challenges in mind, FedEx's application makes a little more sense.

"In recent years, in several incidents abroad, civilian aircraft were fired upon by man-portable air defense systems," the application letter reads.

[...] When FedEx first tested similar equipment back in 2008, CBS reported the lasers were eye-safe. In addition, Gizmodo reports that the current application includes new features, reporting and important safety information for airline crew. The lasers really shouldn't pose a problem to civilians on the ground, then, and it makes us wonder — should all passenger planes have this tech?


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Links

  1. "upstart" - https://soylentnews.org/~upstart/
  2. "FedEx Asks Permission to Install Anti-Missile Lasers on Its Cargo Jet" - https://futurism.com/the-byte/fedex-anti-missile-lasers-cargo-jet
  3. "request filed earlier this month" - https://public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2022-00505.pdf
  4. "reports that anti-missile lasers" - https://gizmodo.com/fedex-asks-faa-to-let-it-install-anti-missile-lasers-on-1848361044
  5. "hackers even deployed ransomware attacks" - https://futurism.com/the-byte/cyberattack-farming-group-food-shortages
  6. "CBS reported the lasers" - https://www.cbsnews.com/news/anti-missile-gear-tested-on-fedex-planes/
  7. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=53387

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