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Boeing Advanced Tactical Laser Aircraft - Fires High-Power Laser In Flight
Boeing and the U.S. Air Force have successfully fired the high-power laser aboard the Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) aircraft for the first time in flight.

During the test, ATL took off from Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., and fired its laser while flying over White Sands Missile Range, N.M., successfully hitting a target board located on the ground. ATL, which Boeing is developing for the U.S. Air Force, is a C-130H aircraft equipped with a chemical laser, a beam control system, sensors and weapon-system consoles.

"This successful test is a major step toward bringing directed energy capability to the warfighter," said Gary Fitzmire, vice president and program director of Boeing Directed Energy Systems.

"We have demonstrated that an airborne system can fire a high-power laser in flight and deliver laser beam energy to a ground target. ATL's ultra-precision engagement capability will dramatically reduce collateral damage."
Posted by:3dc

#5  The Star Wars version of "Spooky" is really going to be something. Maybe we can name it "Puff the Magic Dragon" again, because that's what will happen to the target. Puff!
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC   2009-06-24 13:23  

#4  I wonder how cohert these beams are, how much energy they can deliver, and over what range?
Posted by: JohnQC   2009-06-24 09:29  

#3  And after:

Posted by: Seafarious   2009-06-24 02:08  

#2  Image of ground target before applying laser:
Posted by: gorb   2009-06-24 01:52  

#1  Wow! That didn't take long!
Cleanup! Aisle 1.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839   2009-06-24 00:33