Equip Passenger Jets with AMDS's?

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Equip Passenger Jets with AMDS's?

Postby Nyufrost » Sat Aug 16, 2003 10:59 am

California Senator Barbara Boxer has proposed a bill to arm 6,800 commercial airline passenger jets with anti-missle defense systems.

Proponents say it's only a matter of time before terrorists get their hands on surface-to-air missiles to attack U.S. passenger planes and a recent bust of an alleged plot to arm terrorists with shoulder missiles is proof that the U.S. needs to beef up security on passenger jets.

Opponents cite exhorbitant cost in excess of $10 billion as reason enough not to implement such a plan and claim that the bust proves the skies are safe enough.

What say you?
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Postby shahmask » Sat Sep 13, 2003 10:51 pm

well, 10 billion sure is a lot less money than bush has been wating for the past year.
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Postby Exalted Ugu » Sat Sep 13, 2003 11:02 pm

It's also a stupid idea. There are two common types of man-portable anti-air missile, and against passenger aircraft, they'll only work during take off or landing. Those types are radar and heat guided missiles. Each of which would require a different type of AMS.

Only the radar guided (and also much more expensive) missile can be detected electronically, so for the vastly more common heat-seeking missiles, someone on the plane must notice the firing of it in order to trigger the AMS. Meaning, the plane needs either observation cameras, passenger participation, or a under-fuselage observation dome (like the lower gun turrets on old bombers) in order to note the flash and smoke of the missile's launch. And the successful use of the AMS would require the observer to note the firing, which is not guaranteed.

IT just won't work.

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