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The Airborne Laser (ABL) weapons system is designed to shoot down ballistic missiles in their boost stage. Attached to a Boeing 747-400F freighter, it is still in the test period and if proven successful, a fleet of 7 Boeing 747-400 Freighters with the ABL system will be operational by 2008. The system is part of the National Missile Defense program. Polish missile wz. ... The Boeing 747, which is also known as the jumbo jet, is the second largest passenger airliner after the Airbus A380. ... The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) is the leading American aircraft and aerospace manufacturer, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with its largest production facilities in Everett, Washington, near Seattle, Washington. ... It has been suggested that Boeing 747 Advanced be merged into this article or section. ... // Predicted events January-June January 15 - NASAs MESSENGER spacecraft makes the first of three flybys of Mercury. ... A payload launch vehicle carrying a prototype exoatmospheric kill vehicle is launched from Meck Island at the Kwajalein Missile Range on Dec. ...


The system uses a tracking beam to calculate the missile's course and speed. After locking on to the target the weapon class laser will fire a 3 to 5 second burst from a turret located on the nose of the plane, destroying the missile near its launch area. Laser (US Air Force) A LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) is an optical device which uses a quantum mechanical effect called stimulated emission (discovered by Einstein while researching the photoelectric effect) in order to generate a coherent beam of light from a lasing medium of controlled purity...


The laser fired by the weapon is called a Chemical Oxygen Iodine Laser, or COIL, invented at Phillips Lab (then known as the Air Force Weapons Laboratory) in 1977. The following is a list of laser types, their operational wavelengths, and their applications. ... 1977 was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1977 calendar). ...


There is a lot of doubt about whether such a system will in fact prove to be an effective weapon against ballistic missiles, cf. e.g. the American Physical Society report on National Missile Defense. The American Physical Society was founded in 1899 and is the worlds largest organization of physicists. ... A payload launch vehicle carrying a prototype exoatmospheric kill vehicle is launched from Meck Island at the Kwajalein Missile Range on Dec. ...


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The Tactical High-Energy Laser, or THEL, is a laser developed for military use. ... The Airborne tactical laser (ATL) programme is a US military programme to mount a high energy laser damage weapon on a platform such as the V-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft. ... The High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS), a weapon system that is under development by the Pentagons Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), will weigh around 1,650 lbs (750 kg). ...

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Airborne Laser - definition of Airborne Laser in Encyclopedia (220 words)
The Airborne Laser (ABL) weapons system is designed to shoot down ballistic missiles in their boost stage.
After locking on to the target the weapon class laser will fire a 3 to 5 second burst from a turret located on the nose of the plane, destroying the missile near its launch area.
The laser fired by the weapon is called a Chemical Oxygen Iodine Laser, or COIL, invented at Phillips Lab in 1977.
Airborne laser: Overweight and oh-so-late | thebulletin.org (1581 words)
A laser beam travels at the speed of light, far faster than a kinetic vehicle, to deliver a large amount of energy over long distances in a narrow, concentrated beam of monochromatic light.
If the laser's power is not high enough, the laser will not be able to perform in the limited time it has to identify, track, and disable the enemy missile.
Laser light inside a COIL begins when an excited atom emits a photon spontaneously, triggering a chain reaction with other atoms, which then release photons with the same amount of energy.
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