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Why Avoiding War Zones Is Jets’ Best Anti-Missile Option

For airliners, there is only one sure defense against the kind of missile linked to the shoot-down of a Malaysian jet over Ukraine: staying out of range.

While the U.S. spent at least $239 million last decade studying whether commercial craft could be upgraded to defeat shoulder-fired, low-altitude weapons, the threat from the sophisticated, Russian-built Buk system defies the technology available to civilian planes.