Laser B-747




 
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November 1st, 2006  
sandy
 

Topic: Laser B-747


WICHITA, Kan. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency rolled out an airborne laser aircraft on Friday, the latest development in a missile-defense system that was once ridiculed as a "Star Wars" fantasy.
In a ceremony at the Boeing Co.'s (BA) Integrated Defense Systems facility in Wichita, the agency announced it was ready to flight test some of the low-power systems on the ABL aircraft, a modified Boeing 747-400F designed to destroy enemy missiles.
Lt. Gen. Henry "Trey" Obering III, director of the Missile Defense Agency, said he embraced early critics' comparison of the laser-equipped plane to the "Star Wars" movies.
"I believe we are building the forces of good to beat the forces of evil. ... We are taking a major step in giving the American people their first light saber," Obering told dignitaries and employees gathered for the ceremony.
The laser weapon's system is designed to detect, track and destroy ballistic missiles in their boost flight phase.
It will likely be 2008 before the program is ready to fire at a missile in flight, and it wouldn't be operational until the middle or late part of the decade, he said.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,226207,00.html

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November 1st, 2006  
Fox
 
 
There goes our taxes.....but interesting. heh.
November 2nd, 2006  
therise21
 
what happens if they put some type of reflective material on the outside of the missle? wouldnt that basically make this obsolete?
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November 2nd, 2006  
Maytime
 
 
It would still absorb enough energy to knock it out of commission.
November 3rd, 2006  
Prince
 
 
as with a,ll new technologies it looks big and clumbsy,...but give it time and it'll slimline down a bit and improve alot, this has alot of potential, but since they have announced it now other countries will start working on something to counter this.
November 4th, 2006  
moving0target
 
 
I'm no expert on the subject, but mirrors used in laser technology are extremely refined. I'm not sure it would be feasible (or even possible) to put that kind of a mirror on something the size of a missile.
November 11th, 2006  
Yossarian
 
 
What the Heck? Why the heck did you post a Wallpaper of the Falkan from the action flight sim Ace Combat?

Thats from a video game, not actual military plans, the U.S. government has had no ideas or any plans, close, to the Falkan design.

I denounce that claim, (no offense, honestly)
November 12th, 2006  
Prince
 
 
i think it was meant hipotheticaly....
tell u what tho, the plane does look damn good
November 12th, 2006  
Yossarian
 
 
I bought it on the game Ace Combat Zero, its more like a spacecraft than a airplane.
November 12th, 2006  
Team Infidel
 
 
where can i get one?
 


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