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Airborne Laser Demonstrates Full Weapon System Engagement Sequence In Flight (Missile Defense)
MDA.Mil ^ | July 29, 2007 | Rick Lehner

Posted on 07/31/2007 6:40:28 PM PDT by RDTF

This latest test demonstrates ABL's ability to use both its illuminator lasers to track a simulated target, compensate for atmospheric disturbances, and complete the engagement sequence by simultaneously propagating a surrogate high energy laser to the target aircraft.

This latest test, conducted on 24 July, demonstrates ABL's ability to use both it's illuminator lasers to track a simulated target, compensate for atmospheric disturbances, and to complete to engagement sequence by simultaneously propagating a surrogating a surrogate high energy laser to the target.

(Excerpt) Read more at mda.mil ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: abl; bigcrow; boeing; mda; miltech; nc135; usaf
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1 posted on 07/31/2007 6:40:32 PM PDT by RDTF
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To: RDTF

too cool!


2 posted on 07/31/2007 6:47:14 PM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: RDTF
South Korea and Israel NEED this weapon yesterday!

Which is reason enough for the leftists to kill it — as is Dodd’s plan. We have to make sure that our allies don’t have an adequate defense against either the commies or the Islamofanatics.

3 posted on 07/31/2007 6:54:13 PM PDT by vetsvette (Bring Him Back)
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To: RDTF
Things are progressing quite nicely!


4 posted on 07/31/2007 6:54:28 PM PDT by OCC
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To: RDTF

The ultimate zot! The FR Viking Kitties need upgrading to this firepower ASAP. :)


5 posted on 07/31/2007 6:56:21 PM PDT by anymouse
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To: OCC
this one shows the surprise in the nose
6 posted on 07/31/2007 7:00:25 PM PDT by RDTF (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, but Democrats believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
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To: RDTF

bump


7 posted on 07/31/2007 7:05:28 PM PDT by VOA
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To: RDTF

Wasn’t it Dashole who said a Missile Defense system was the dumbest idea he ever heard of?


8 posted on 07/31/2007 7:09:01 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: RDTF

And why are we telling the whole world about our military systems? Keep them secret and unleash them when needed.


9 posted on 07/31/2007 7:09:42 PM PDT by RC2
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To: RC2
And why are we telling the whole world about our military systems?

Because our Military buys it's equipment from private enterprise, general capabilities are public knowledge.

10 posted on 07/31/2007 7:15:56 PM PDT by OCC
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To: RC2
Keep them secret and unleash them when needed.

Trouble is that when you try to keep a major weapons system deal too secret Congress doesn't provide any money (you do have to ask, after all). And if you can't buy any you cannot unleash any.

11 posted on 07/31/2007 7:16:24 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: RC2
And why are we telling the whole world about our military systems? Keep them secret and unleash them when needed.

Or promote their presence. And never have to unleash them.

12 posted on 07/31/2007 7:21:07 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: RDTF
Start Primary Ignition!
13 posted on 07/31/2007 7:49:13 PM PDT by Young Werther ( and Julius Caesar said, "quae cum ita sunt." (or since these things are so!))
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To: RC2
Dr. Strangelove: Of course, the whole point of a Doomsday Machine is lost, if you *keep* it a *secret*! Why didn't you tell the world, EH?
14 posted on 07/31/2007 8:16:35 PM PDT by SengirV
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To: RDTF
07-NEWS-0041

26 July 2007

Airborne Laser Demonstrates Full Weapon System Engagement Sequence in Flight

Lieutenant General Henry “Trey” Obering, Missile Defense Agency director, announced today that the Airborne Laser (ABL) program has accomplished another historic “first” on July 24, 2007 by propagating its Beacon Illuminator Laser (BILL) and using the return to compensate for atmospheric disturbances. This announcement comes on the heels of the program’s July 13 demonstration of an engagement sequence using a beacon from the target aircraft. This latest test, conducted on 24 July, demonstrates ABL’s ability to use both its illuminator lasers to track a simulated target, compensate for atmospheric disturbances, and to complete the engagement sequence by simultaneously propagating a surrogate high energy laser to the target. In addition, laser run times demonstrated in flight are of durations that are more than adequate to destroy ballistic missiles. This is a major step toward completing the second of the program’s two Low Power System Integration-Active Flight Test knowledge points, the first of which was accomplished earlier this month.

The successful engagement included detecting the Big Crow (modified NC-135) target board, tracking it with the Tracking Illuminator Laser (TILL), detecting and compensating for atmospheric distortions with the BILL’s return off the target, and engaging with the Surrogate High Energy Laser (SHEL).

ABL will continue its highly successful flight tests against the Big Crow airborne target to further characterize ABL’s performance before beginning installation of the advanced Chemical Oxygen-Iodine Laser (COIL) at Edwards Air Force Base later this summer.

The ABL will be the first combat aircraft relying entirely upon a directed energy device as a weapon. It is designed to use directed energy to destroy a ballistic missile target shortly after it is launched, in its “boost phase” of flight. When operational, the ABL will be an integral part of a layered Ballistic Missile Defense System.

News media point of contact is Rick Lehner, Missile Defense Agency, at (703) 697-8997 or richard.lehner@mda.mil

15 posted on 07/31/2007 8:18:08 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: RDTF

Don’t wet your pants yet folks. ABL can track a test target. This is good. Wait until the COIL (Chemical Oxygen-Iodine Laser) fries one before we crack open the champagne. When it it fries a test missile in flight - then we break out the Cubans and fire em up. OK? This is good news, not great news (yet).


16 posted on 07/31/2007 8:20:49 PM PDT by RKV (He who has the guns makes the rules)
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To: RC2

I’ve been seeing a rash of these new weapons systems that we are acquiring. My guess is that it’s for Iran’s (among others) consumption.


17 posted on 07/31/2007 8:54:08 PM PDT by jwh_Denver (Ok, it's time for the Republicans to start ripping themselves apart.)
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To: OCC

As a former pilot of the plane in the top picture (Airborne Laser Lab- ALL), it warmed my heart ot see the picture you posted. The ALL is now at Wright-Patt on display for everyone to see.


18 posted on 07/31/2007 9:05:36 PM PDT by Laserman
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To: Laserman

You flew that beast!?


19 posted on 07/31/2007 9:39:10 PM PDT by Lexinom (http://www.gohunter08.com Don't let the press pick our candidates)
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To: RC2

I really think the really good stuff stays under wraps.


20 posted on 07/31/2007 10:06:53 PM PDT by bioqubit (bioqubit, conformity - such a common deformity)
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To: RDTF
Is it true that the new laser weapon will be called ZAP-ATA?
21 posted on 07/31/2007 11:14:32 PM PDT by Candor7 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Baghdad_(1258))
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To: RDTF

This seems to be a “ballance of power” type of weapon.

Imagine a predator with such a weapon that can take out individuals.

Tanks useless
Troops burned
Enemies forced into bunkers where there are isolated, contained, and targeted for bunker busters.


22 posted on 08/01/2007 10:27:53 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: RDTF

Thank you Ronald Reagan, Edward Teller and Duncan Hunter!!


23 posted on 08/01/2007 1:45:01 PM PDT by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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