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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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Police State
By smokedturkey on 12/14/2007 10:35:02 AM , Rating: 1
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.

NO.... Today a 12,000 pound laser on a AC-130 gunship, tomorrow we have them in our local Patrol Cars instead of cameras.(lol) I see the POLICE STATE closing in on us fast. Vote for RON PAUL

RE: Police State
By techieman on 12/14/2007 2:48:43 PM , Rating: 2
Umm...What would a laser allow the police to do that they can't already do with the pistols and rifles that they have already been issued? The weapon is great in a war zone against an armed or armored enemy when mounted to tanks and aircraft. However, it just seems like a waste when used on an unarmed target when mounted to a police car. If you really wanted to oppress the population, it would be much cheaper and probably more effective to simply replace the police cars with aging Humvees that are equipped with turrets.

RE: Police State
By Master Kenobi on 12/14/2007 3:01:23 PM , Rating: 2
On this same line of thought I would direct you to a story we ran last week.

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen

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