Airborne Laser (ABL) is an aircraft-mounted laser weapon system Photo: Lockheed Martin
The beam control optics used to stabilize and shape the beam from the Chemical Oxygen Iodine Laser (COIL) on its way to the nose of the Airborne Laser aircraft where it is pointed at a target ballistic missile. Photo: Russ Underwood, Lockheed Martin
A Lockheed Martin engineer inspects the turret on an ABL 747 aircraft Photo: Russ Underwood, Lockheed Martin.
A modified Boeing 747-400F is used to test airborne laser. Photo: Boeing.com
September 5, 2007 Successful testing of an aircraft mounted laser weapon system has been carried out by the US missile defense agency and industry partnership team at Edwards Air Force base in California. The Airborne Laser (ABL) team has demonstrated the ability to point and focus the Lockheed Martin developed Beam control/Fire control system on an airborne target.
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