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June 24, 2009

War is the highest form of struggle for resolving contradictions

A high-power chemical laser aboard the Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) aircraft has been fired in flight for the first time. Good news for Boeing and the United States Air Force. Now we just have to wait until the People's Liberation Army Air Force produces an economical version for mass production to see how it works.

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.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 24, 2009 08:42 AM