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reply to post by Bedlam
Was that the NKC-135, or after it? I can never remember that program name, but I remember the aircraft. It had targets all over the side of it.
Well, Zaphod, I think I was right on my first comment.
It's not just a seeker blinder. The Excalibur laser technology has a design goal of 100kW in a drone. And SORDAC is already looking at thumping the bucks down. DARPAs sales pitch for Excalibur came right out of the chute saying it was for counter-insurgency attacks in MOUT where you didn't want any collateral damage of the sort a nice missile would cause.
In case anyone is interested, I sent an email to NASA about the whereabouts of the C-130 that housed the ATL. NASA confirmed through a FOIA e-mail that the aircraft is still at the Goddard Space Flight Ctr at Wallops Is. VA.
Isn't it less trouble to make a smaller missile?
reply to post by mbkennel
Probably...but with a DEW you never run out of ammo.