The Federal Aviation Administration is considering special conditions that would allow FedEx to install an infrared anti-missile laser on certain cargo planes, in response to a year-long request from the international shipping giant.

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In October 2019, FedEx requested a supplemental certificate to install a missile defense system that directs infrared laser energy at heat-seeking missiles on the Airbus A321-200, a twin-engine model with a maximum takeoff weight of 89,000 pounds, the FAA’s filing on Friday.

The agency is accepting public comments on the proposal and if the special terms are approved, FedEx could proceed with installing the defense system on the A321-200.

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According to Reuters, FedEx does not currently operate Airbus 321s, but the FAA said the company could apply for the same special defense system terms for other models.

FedEx did not immediately respond to FOX Business’ request for comment.

Over the years there have been several instances of civilian aircraft being fired upon and even hit in hostile territories overseas by man-portable air defense systems known as MANPADS. The risk prompted a number of companies to develop or adapt their own aircraft defense systems in response to the threat.

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In 2003, a DHL cargo plane was hit by a MANPAD on takeoff in Baghdad, Iraq. The plane was forced to make an emergency landing, but the three crew members on board were not injured.