Skip to comments.US laser warplane under threat from Barack Obama
Posted on 12/23/2008 7:30:52 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
One of first the first decisions of US defence that the President-elect will face in office will be whether or not to continue funding for the futuristic Airborne Laser weapons programme.
The system aims to send an invisible, ultra-powerful laser beam from aircraft hundreds of miles from their targets, and could one day alter the nature of aerial warfare.
Primarily designed to strike enemy missile silos, the US Missile Defence Agency has called the ABL the answer to "rogue states" or terror groups equipped with intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The first, very limited, test firing was staged in late November. The laser was loaded on to a Boeing 747 and fired from a stationary plane at a target on the ground just a few yards away.
But already 12 years in the making and way over budget at $4.3 billion (£2.9 billion), developers Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrup Grumman fear it could fall victim to the new administration as it seeks to save costs. Mr Obama has stated a preference for abandoning weapons whose efficacy is not yet proven.
Boeing is now planning to develop the weapon's planned target range to include aircraft and enemy ballistic missiles in flight.
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“0bama has stated a preference for abandoning weapons whose efficacy is not yet proven. “
So, a free market solution would be ok? Asshat.
Not even a slingshot will be approved by the Indonesian illegal alien president.
What about the sharks with the laser beams attached to their head?
Shows a mental midget's attitued toward the process of weapons science, engineering, testing and development.
With this attitude, Enrico Fermi's grandchild would still be messing around with an "atomic pile" under the stands of the Chicago University stadium.
I actually worked on the first airborne laser lab (c-135) in the early 1970’s. USAF Kirtland AFB New Mexico.
That was when Nixon was president. How did it work out?
High tech stuff is usually above the paygrade of even the most expensive lawyer.
It could hit a one foot circle on another aircraft with both flying. It was never designed to be an operational system. It used a chemical laser that occupied the whole aircraft.
It showed that the concept worked. The target acquisition and targeting system is vital.
Me Tarzan. Me break thunersticks. No bring thundersticks into forest.
Obama the new Tarzan. Rahm Emmanuel his mini-me.
In other words, any new weapon system.
He seems to be all for unproven, if not unpractical experimental energy technologies that virtually any company could have created during the past decades, but chose not to for obvious reasons.
> It used a chemical laser that occupied the whole aircraft.
...or something like that.
Sad sad day in America.............
“Primarily designed to strike enemy missile silos, ...”
This also shows the author has no idea what he is talking about. Stupid statement!
I actually flew the first airborne laser system called the Airborne Laser Lab (ALL).
The headline makes it sound like the President-Elect is going to shoot the plane down personally.
Thanks for the pic of Good Ole 123!
The project was a success, though the technology was not sufficient to lead to an operational system. Even the current ABL will see technology changes before it becomes operational. But the general concept is a good idea for missile defense and other missions.
With him at the helm, we'll be weakened considerably....in sooooo many ways.
I also remember the first airborne laser laboratory as well. I was with the 4950th Test Wing at WPAFB, OH in the early 80’s.
ALL didnt use a chemical laser it was an electric discharge laser operating at 10.6 um. Both ABL and ATL use chemical (oxygen iodine laser, or COIL) devices.
And then this little gem later in the article. It is clear that the author was just too lazy to do any work for this article.
Where’s Dale Brown?
How many campaign contributions did Obama get from China and/or Russia?
Looking Glass Looking Glass, this is Skybird, this is Skybird - do not reply
about 2 pages later
SOOoooooo glad those days are over. Aren’t they?
I used to work in SAC command posts fixing the SLFCS rigs. Funky TTY rigs. But easy enuf to work on.
Used to hear this chatter all the time over the squak box.....
In 78 or 79 SAC did a full scale ‘war flush’ at Fairchild AFB near Spokane.
MITO takeoff and an aluvial fan formation... the real deal. Scared the crap of the entire county. Nothing like seeing a B-52 and a pair of KC-135s at near treetop level and blasting away on a full out boogie.....
I found out the results of the exercise - we won, sorta.
Were they ‘lost’ or just looking for beer?
Reason- White folks' laser beams not required to defend against primary enemies: Corporate greed and white supremacy.
Proposed replacement: Counseling program (TBD)
No laser, no NASA, no border control, no drilling, high taxes and yes, meetings with our enemies.
How could 57 million people vote for this maggot? I think McCain would have been as bad in many aspects, but he would have kept the military strong.
Every Liberal will dismantle the military for handouts and domestic boondoggles.
The MERCURY birds are still active.
I haven’t bothered to listen to any Zulu net traffic in a while or any Blue Grass for that matter. I have a HF-GCS station about two miles from the house - hard to miss them while I am SWL.
I would guess it was a ‘spare’ NAOC bird loaned out to FEMA? Ok by current rules and the bird is in the inventory.
How can Obama’s attorneys clear Obama and Emanuel?
How can Madoff’s contributions not be front page news?
How can Odinga/Obama/Corsi not be reported?
How can one person garner 10 Time Magazine covers in a year, not including Man of the Year?
How can a photoshopped photo of Obama make international news?
The Media has created a monster that the all gush and fawn over...for no reason, other than he is 1/2 black and Liberal. No questions on associations, family memebers, grades, medical records, voting records, legal clients, shady RE deals, pork barrel spending...and the denial/cover-up continues every day...every article is postive, upbeat and “he will save us”/ Nothing negative about Democrats, ever.
I hate the Media...I am not even looking for RNC/Hannity cheerleading, I just want an obvious fraud to be exposed for what he is...this isn’t a hard task, but the MSM refuses to no support the Marxist Messiah.
How hard is it to get an FCC license and start our own network?