SINGAPORE - Singapore's government said
Sunday it plans to install anti-missile
defenses on the airplanes of its
national carrier and a subsidiary.
Singapore Airlines 747-400
jetliner departs Los Angeles
International Airport in this
December, 2003 photo. (Chris
Authorities are developing a
defensive device that they hope to have
ready for use by Singapore
in two years, said Ministry of Defense
spokesman Alex Tan.
The government has not yet determined
how it will spread the cost between the
government and the airline, Tan said. He
did not provide a cost estimate.
Singapore's military planes are
already outfitted with missile defense
technology, the spokesman said.
Fears of an attack on commercial
jetliners increased after terrorists
fired two heat-seeking rockets that
missed an Israeli passenger plane taking
off from Kenya in November 2002.
In November, a shoulder-fired missile
struck a DHL
plane over Iraq, forcing it to make an
emergency landing with its wing on fire
Al-Qaida-linked regional militants
are believed to have tried to target
Western sites in Singapore and
authorities here have detained 35 terror
Some military planes use missile
defenses that spew out bits of steel
foil that ignite as they hit the air,
forming a glowing cloud behind the plane
intended to divert a heat-seeking