Raytheon last week completed the acquisition of the key business assets of Ktech, an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based company that specializes in pulsed power and directed energy.
What is the realistic likelihood of your aircraft being targeted by a shoulder-launched surface-to-air missile (SAM) in the hands of a terrorist? After an Israeli charter airliner was unsuccessfully attacked by such weapons in Mombasa, Kenya, on November 28, the threat of man-portable air defense systems (manpads) has elevated concerns about terrorists shooting at airplanes.
Fear mongering has been a growth industry in the U.S. since 8:46 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001. Sometimes our discomfort is an unspoken undercurrent; other times there is no subtlety as the forces of opportunism seek to gorge at a trough flash-flooded with public money.
U.S. defense firm Raytheon is projected to dominate the air defense missile market for the next 10 years, according to a study performed by Forecast International in its annual publication, “The Market for Surface-to-Air Missiles.” FI projected that between 2005 and 2014 more than 88,000 air defense missiles will be produced worldwide, earning revenues of $22.8 billion.
BAE Systems has begun trials of its Jeteye laser-based system for protecting commercial airliners from man-portable missile attack. These are due to be completed by the end of January, when a U.S. supplementary type certificate is due to be issued.