|The Airborne Laser (ABL) will locate
and track missiles in the boost phase of their flight, then accurately
point and fire the high-energy laser, destroying enemy missiles near
their launch areas.
Look for further developments
of the ABL as the global threat of
ballistic missiles becomes ever more prevalent.
Shown here in preparation for flight testing in Wichita, Kan., The ABL may take its first realistic test shot in 2008. The 747-type aircraft is equipped with a powerful chemical laser weapon For shooting down ballistic missiles in their boost phase. (Boeing photo)
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