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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 10:25:09 AM , Rating: 2
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.


RE: So....
By Ringold on 12/14/2007 3:10:30 PM , Rating: 2
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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.


Get with the times, you're supposed to hate America! :P

I couldn't of said it better.


RE: So....
By winterspan on 12/16/07, Rating: 0
RE: So....
By Hawkido on 12/14/2007 5:19:30 PM , Rating: 2
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and singing in circles


LOL! Did you just call touching eacher other's PeePees "Singing?


RE: So....
By winterspan on 12/16/07, Rating: 0
"Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" -- Homer Simpson











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