|Quoting Joni (Reply 125):|
I'm not quite convinced that the "missile countermeasures" on AF1 would work against any modern AA missiles, because the plane is such a huge target and not agile at all.
First of all the 747 is known to be more agile than one would assume. With 70 passengers max, it is basically flying empty too.
As for missile countermeasures, information about Air Force One's anti-missile systems is considered particularly sensitive and is classified, and not publicly available except for a few famous leaks, which I would never repeat on a public forum.
What I will say is that the leaks revealed only one type of weakness. I would assume that the leak has led to further changes, and an attack based on the leak would likely not succeed.
That being said, to assume they have not employed the latest and best technology in the world would not be wise. It took them several years to integrate all the "special" systems, and the planes are updated often. AF1 protection is top priority and expense is not an consideration.
On top of that, there are fighter and surveillance escorts, ground and space based surveillance, and tactics which is the most important part of its protection. Plus, there is the reality that if someone did shoot at Air Force One, a military response is certain. All that combined, AF1 is pretty safe.
|Quoting Spruit (Reply 124):|
Surely a pre-owned 744 would make more business sense to a VIP than a brand new 747-8?
I agree. Spend the money on the interior. The plane itself usually wont see much use compared to commercial service so who cares if it is 1/2 or 3/4 thru its serviceable life?
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