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The Airborne tactical laser (ATL) programme is a US military program to mount a high energy laser damage weapon on a platform such as the V-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft. The laser is envisaged to have a tactical range of perhaps twenty kilometers with a payload of about 5000 - 7000 kg. It could be deployed against cruise missiles or large artillery shells. The laser is likely to be a chemical oxygen iodine laser (COIL). The range of sizes in which lasers exist is immense, extending from microscopic diode lasers (top) to football field sized neodymium glass lasers (bottom) used for inertial confinement fusion. ... The V-22 Osprey is a joint service, multi-mission aircraft with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability. ... A Tomahawk cruise missile A cruise missile is a guided missile which uses a lifting wing and most often a jet propulsion system to allow sustained flight. ... Historically, artillery refers to any engine used for the discharge of projectiles during war. ... COIL, or Chemical oxygen iodine laser, is an infrared chemical laser. ...

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But with a solid-state laser, the waste heat remains in the laser medium, increasing the temperature in the medium until lasing with acceptable beam quality is impossible.
Solid-state lasers show the most promise for relative simplicity but are also still at the kilowatt level with significant unresolved scale-up issues, both in the laser design to handle the thermal management and the laser diodes.
Another concept for an airborne laser is the ATL for surgical strike or nonlethal operations, particularly in an urban environment.
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The laser system is fitted to a heavily modified Boeing 747-400F freighter and is still in the test period.
It was called the Airborne Laser Laboratory, and was a technological pathfinder for the ABL [1].
After that the main laser is fired for 3 to 5 seconds from a turret located on the aircraft's nose, causing the missile to break up in flight near its launch area.
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