Humint Events Online: Laser Armed Aircraft Ready to Fly

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Laser Armed Aircraft Ready to Fly

Well, imagine that!
By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press Writer Sat Oct 28, 12:37 AM ET

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 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.
Yeah, yeah, I know this thing is not yet ready to start shooting down missiles. But the point is they clearly have this technology and must have had it for a while.


Anonymous Rob said...

funny thing is....turns out, this Umpteen-Billion dollar technology is defeated by a relatively simple counter-measure....LOL!

1:42 AM  
Anonymous muebles said...

Well, I don't actually think this is likely to have effect.

7:11 AM  

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