The ABL is incorporated into a modified Boeing 747-400, which flies from Edwards Air Force Base in California
The Airborne Laser provides speed-of-light capability to knock hostile missiles out of the air
When fired, the ABL's laser produces enough energy in five seconds to power a typical U.S. home for over an hour
On August 10, Boeing and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency were finally able to demonstrate that the US$1.1 billion Airborne Laser (ABL) program actually works. The ABL aircraft, a modified Boeing 747-400, took off from Edwards Air Force Base and located, tracked and fired on a target missile. Although a surrogate high-energy laser was used – rather than the megawatt-class laser that will ultimately arm it – instrumentation on the target verified the hit.
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