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The Northrop Grumman Guardian anti-missile system test will continue until March 2008

An MD-10 cargo jet recently departed the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) equipped with Northrop Grumman's Guardian anti-missile system.  It was the first commercial flight in what will become an operational testing and evaluation of the system which was designed to protect against shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missile launchers.  The current generation of the Guardian system is based on Northrop's Nemesis, a defensive system used on cargo planes only -- specifically FedEx MD-10 aircraft.  

The Guardian system is a pod that weighs as much as two people and their luggage, and sits on the underbelly of the MD-10.  It works by first detecting a missile launch and then shooting a laser at it to hopefully disrupt the missile's guidance signals so that it will veer off course.    

"For the first time, we will be able to collect valuable logistics data while operating Guardian on aircraft in routine commercial service," said Robert DelBoca, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Defensive Systems Division.

The system is can now be installed on commercial aircraft, but the system still does not meet Department of Homeland Security reliability standards according to a government report.  Nine MD-10s will be equipped during a test period that will run through March 2008.

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RE: mmmk
By The Boston Dangler on 1/19/2007 9:05:51 PM , Rating: 2
milking taxpayers has been prioity number one since the end of the civil war. i could counter your blame of democrats by referring to republican-laden halibuton, carlyle group, et al, but fingering one party and not the other is as bad as "he said, she said"

RE: mmmk
By Ringold on 1/19/2007 9:13:12 PM , Rating: 3
Agreed; both parties love handing out lousy contracts. The Democrats, in their valiant attempt to look good, just happen to be making themselves more vulnerable at the moment, while simultaneously drawing the small-government Republicans out of the dormant slumber they seem to have been in over the past six years. :)

RE: mmmk
By blueoasis66 on 1/19/2007 10:46:01 PM , Rating: 2
Ask hillary clinton how she turned a $1,000 investment in the cattle industry into $100,000 overnight ? Or Obama how he negotiates land deals ? Aye, democrats smell money too. To assume it's only republicans who do, is such a democrat thing to do.

RE: mmmk
By typo101 on 1/21/2007 11:45:42 AM , Rating: 2
To assume it's only republicans who do, is such a democrat thing to do.

i think you missed something...

but fingering one party and not the other is as bad as "he said, she said"

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