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Boeing progresses forward with the development of its airborne laser program

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.

The Advanced 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 on March 15, 2007. Boeing hopes to fire its high-energy laser at a ballistic missile in 2009.

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RE: So....
By FITCamaro on 12/14/2007 8:23:05 AM , Rating: 2
Command & Conquer technology doesn't seem too far off.

RE: So....
By therealnickdanger on 12/14/2007 11:36:25 AM , Rating: 2
Hey, we've got to be prepared for the Nod incursion.

RE: So....
By therealnickdanger on 12/14/2007 11:39:58 AM , Rating: 4
I also want to say that any future laser weapons need to make that "pew pew" sound when fired. Silent operation is a great tactical feature, but not very glamorous. While they weren't laser rifles exactly, the guns used by the Necromongers in Chronicles of Riddick made a seriously badass sound...

RE: So....
By Ringold on 12/14/2007 3:06:53 PM , Rating: 3
I wish Vin Diesel would stick to movies like that.. Hopefully he'll realize that he excels at being a bad-ass, preferably one that kills large volumes of people, and not a baby sitter.

RE: So....
By andrewsdw on 12/14/2007 2:33:17 PM , Rating: 2
Hehe...beat me to it. Isn't it funny how in C&C Generals it was the Americans who had the tactical laser special weapon and our tanks fired lasers.

I wonder if Val Kilmer helped develop this laser. He's a "Real Genius"!

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