Laser Armed Aircraft Ready to Fly
Well, imagine that!
By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press Writer Sat Oct 28, 12:37 AM ETYeah, 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.
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.