An infrared image of the Missile Defense Agency's Airborne Laser Testbed (right) destroying a threat representative short-range ballistic missile (left).
A sequence of images showing a threat representative ballistic missile's breakup resulting from a high energy laser engagement by the Missile Defense Agency's Airborne Laser Testbed
The Airborne laser has succeeded in its first lethal intercept experiment
Laser guns have been a staple of science fiction for decades, but in reality their use is generally restricted to sighting, ranging and targeting applications. But that is all set to change. For the first time an airborne laser (ABL) weapon mounted aboard a modified Boeing 747 has shot down a ballistic missile launched from an at-sea mobile launch platform off the central California coast.
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