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United States Successfully Shoots Down Ballistic Missile With Airborne Laser

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency announced successful use of directed energy to defend against ballistic missiles when the Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB) successfully destroyed a boosting ballistic missile during a Friday test.

According to the Agency, this was the “first directed energy lethal intercept demonstration against a liquid-fuel boosting ballistic missile target from an airborne platform.”

The ALTB is being chiefly designed by Boeing, but has components from numerous defense companies. Boeing produces the airframe from a 747 jumbo jet, with Northrop Grumman supplying the higher-energy laser and Lockheed Martin developing the beam and fire control systems.

Read more at Reuters.

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