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KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force and the Boeing Co. have successfully tested a high-power laser while in flight over southern New Mexico.
St. Louis-based Boeing Integrated Defense Systems said Monday in a news release that the laser hit a target located on the ground during Saturday's test.
The advanced tactical laser aircraft took off from Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque and fired the laser while flying over White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico.
Boeing is developing the laser - a C-130H aircraft equipped with a high-energy chemical laser and a beam control system - for the Air Force. Gary Fitzmire, vice president and program director of Boeing Directed Energy Systems, says the test shows that the laser's ultra-precision will dramatically reduce collateral damage.
Originally posted by mblahnikluver
reply to post by DaddyBare
Interesting but where is the source?
During the test Aug. 7 at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., the ATL aircraft, a C-130H, fired its high-energy chemical laser through its beam control system. The beam control system acquired a ground target and guided the laser beam to the target, as directed by ATL's battle management system. The laser passes through a rotating turret on the aircraft's belly.