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      Israeli Planes Missile-Proofed with C-MUSIC

      A new system will protect civilian aircraft from shoulder-fired missiles. Sinai terrorists a known threat.
      By Maayana Miskin
      First Publish: 6/18/2013, 1:50 PM

      For the first time, an El Al plane has been outfitted with a C-MUSIC system to protect it against shoulder-fired missiles. The plane, a Boeing 737, conducted test flights with the new system in place.

      The MUSIC DIRCM systems are to be installed in every civilian plane traveling to a high-risk area.

      Arkia and Israir planes will get C-MUSIC systems as well.

      Several terrorist groups have threatened to fire missiles at Israeli planes in recent years. Terrorists in Sinai are a particular concern, as they are known to have armed themselves with man-portable air-defense systems.

      In 2002 terrorists tried to shoot down an Israeli plane in Kenya using surface-to-air missiles.