Boeing is working on a devastating new weapon which could
strike fear into the eyes of all American enemies. The company is progressing
at a rapid pace on its 12,000-pound airborne laser.
Tactical Laser (ATL) was installed into a C-130H gunship and
Boeing is on track to begin in-flight tests of the weapon next year. Ground
targets will be neutralized via the ATL which is incorporated into a rotating
turret on the C-130H's belly.
The ATL is seen as a precise, high-power weapon that will
result in less civilian causalities on the battlefield. Due to the nature of
the laser being used, targets can be destroyed or disabled with extremely low
levels of collateral damage. Boeing claims that the ATL is thus capable of
being used on traditional battlefields or in more treacherous urban fighting.
"The installation of the high-energy laser shows that
the ATL program continues to make tremendous progress toward giving the
warfighter a speed-of-light, precision engagement capability that will
dramatically reduce collateral damage," said Boeing Missile Defense
Systems VP and GM Scott Fancher. "Next year, we will fire the laser at
ground targets, demonstrating the military utility of this transformational
directed energy weapon."
The ATL was developed in conjunction with Boeing’s Airborne
Laser (ABL) which is fitted to a 747-400F freighter. While the ATL is aimed at
destroying ground targets, the ABL is destined to fire upon ballistic missiles.
Boeing's ABL was deemed ready for flight testing in late
October 2006 and successfully fired its targeting lasers at an airborne target
15, 2007. Boeing hopes to fire its high-energy laser at a ballistic missile
quote: ...when they said they wanted Full Spectrum Dominance
quote: from visible to infrared and ultraviolet!!
quote: I'd rather be murdered by a laser gun than by an anachronistic, obsolete fire gun throwing projectiles at comparatively turtle speeds.
quote: This sort of accomplishment makes me proud to be an American. From the Unmanned Predators, to the masters of Air Combat (F-22), now... as if the Spooky gunships weren't bad assed enough already, were going to mount lasers on them. The U.S. Military wasn't kidding when they said they wanted Full Spectrum Dominance.
quote: Well if by a correct education you mean going to liberal arts college, sitting around smoking pot, and singing in circles then yes he probably didn't have a correct education.Being proud of ones country's accomplishments (technological or otherwise) is nothing to be ashamed of nor an indication of ignorance.
quote: and singing in circles
quote: Wow...if weapons is what makes you proud of being "american" my guess is you just didn't have a correct education.
quote: And yes, its noble to kill those who wish to bring harm to the innocent
quote: while we disagree on many things, we aren't going to kill each other
quote: Case in point. War, and Weapons are a reality and will always exist both as a deterrant, and as lethal force to be used against those crazy enough to pick a fight.
quote: I am not sure how old you are, but war is certainly a glorified thing to you. You probably think that after someone dies, they just respawn.
quote: Only thing I objected to was that as soon as you read this news you took out your American flag and started parading on the road. :-)
quote: This trend should continue as standard of living gets better and people get more educated. Then the risk of loosing what they have will be a big deterrant from starting a war.
quote: As for picking fights...I dont think any country has picked a fight with US directly since Pearl Harbour. US has chosen which war it fancies, picked a side and put on a grand show of their latest arsenal.
quote: Such arrogance wont win you any popularity contests
quote: or allow you to end conflicts by peaceful means
quote: does it have a mortal effect on humans?
quote: Damn straight. Today a 12,000 pound laser on a AC-130 gunship, tomorrow we have them in our fighter jets instead of machine guns. End goal, laser rifles instead of M16s.