03/03/2014 06:52 GMT | Updated 03/03/2014 06:59 GMT

SkyShield Is An Anti-Missile Defence System For Jet Aircraft (VIDEO)


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.

Designed by Israel's Elbit Systems, it will one day be used on all Israeli civilian aircraft, according to Engadget and Haaretz.

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.