BAE Systems engineers develop technology to protect pilots from the dangers of laser attacks

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CHELMSFORD, England – BAE Systems engineers have developed a low cost, lightweight, flexible system that can block dangerous laser light, protecting pilots and flight crew from hostile attacks. ASDNews reports.
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14 Sept. 2017 — Using a novel approach, the laser-protection technique for aircraft is selective in the way it prevents laser transmission, meaning a high level of natural light can still pass through the canopy with minimal color distortion. As a result, pilots are protected from dangerous laser incidents with no deterioration in vision.

Laser attacks targeting pilots and air crews are becoming a major concern, with the CAA reporting more than 1,400 laser attacks on UK aircraft in 2015 alone.

Most reported attacks took place during take-off and landing, or on hovering police helicopters, and are carried out using cheap, high-powered handheld devices that are readily available on the internet. The attacks can distract pilots and flight crew, obscure instruments and dials, and cause short-lived ‘flash’ blindness or even permanent eye damage.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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