Alex Constantine - February 16, 2009
"... The manufacturer and BAE Systems are in the third phase of the DHS’s counter-Manpads (man-portable air defense systems) trial, which involves the operational evaluation of their separate laser-based systems on airliners flown by US cargo carriers.
"But the DHS, which was recently appropriated additional funding for counter-Manpads testing, is expected to soon issue a request for proposals (RFP) 'to do some similar type programme with passenger type aircraft as what we’re doing with cargo aircraft,' Northrop’s directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) business development director Jack Pledger tells Flight. ... "
Story at Flightglobal.com