Israel orders anti-missile system for planes


JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli defense contractor will supply Israel’s Transportation Ministry with an anti-missile system to protect commercial aircraft.

Elbit Systems announced Thursday that it received a $76 million contract for the Sky Shield aviation defense system against shoulder-fired missiles. The system will be installed on El Al planes.

The project became a priority after a 2002 attempt to shoot down an Israeli passenger plane during takeoff.

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