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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: Less collateral damage
By Malebolgia on 12/15/2007 7:04:04 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, yes, always the same words if someone try to say something different and out of the "wow, what a cool weapon!" replies.
First of all, I am italian and I know well our recent story of violence and dictatorship (sorry if my english is not perfect). I have nothing against USA, I have friends there, but I simply cannot agree with the aggressive foreign politics of Bush's administration.
So don't feel so targeted about my words. I'd say exactly the same about Russia or China, but who is the actual prominent country who is leading us to the Third World War? USA.
Or you really think that they started the war in Iraq because they had massive destruction weapons? This have been largely denied. War was made for profit and for testing these new weapons (like microwaves weapons).
And yes, I am a weird non-violent and I believe one day we'd live in a pacific world.
Said this, please next time be more careful when arguing with someone you don't know.


RE: Less collateral damage
By Malebolgia on 12/15/2007 7:17:18 AM , Rating: 2
And, be more respectful.
"Typical" is definitely your arrogant and predictable reply, and "delusional" is you lack of establishing a constructive discussion.
I think also that you'd stop giving money to help african children, if you agree with the development of weapons that "could" kill them more precisely.

p.s: actually I made a mistake writing "killing the wrong people", sorry. I meant something like "killing the right people".


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