Airborne Laser Hits Target But Future Still in Doubt

The Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB) successfully destroyed a ballistic missile off the California coast on the 11th February, but the programme still faces an uncertain future. The long-awaited intercept test proved that the modified Boeing 747-400F’s chemical oxygen iodine laser (Coil) can successfully engage ballistic missiles. A week before the successful intercept against a Scud missile-like target, the ALTB shot down a Terrier Black Brant, which is a two-stage sounding rocket that rep...
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