The oddly-shaped box attached to the underside of this civilian aircraft looks like just another piece of equipment - maybe a landing gear, or a tracking beacon.
Nope. Laser-based missile defence system.
The system is able to detect incoming missiles, and use a thermal camera to direct a laser beam at it, and destroy the missile from a safe distance.
Exactly when it's due to roll out isn't clear, but when it does it could become a mainstay of commercial airliners around the world.Suggest a correction