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Airborne laser
Author(s): Steven E. Lamberson
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Paper Abstract

The US Air Force Airborne Laser (ABL) is a major weapon system development by the United States Air Force to provide an airborne, multi-megawatt laser system with a state-of-the-art atmospheric compensation system to destroy enemy theater ballistic missiles at long ranges. This system will provide both deterrence and defense against the use of such weapons during regional conflicts. This paper provides an overview of the ABL weapon system including: the notional operational concept, the development approach and schedule, the overall aircraft configuration, the technologies being incorporated in the ABL, and the risk reduction approach being utilized to ensure program success.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 January 2001
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4184, XIII International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers and High-Power Laser Conference, (25 January 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.413960
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Steven E. Lamberson, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4184:
XIII International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers and High-Power Laser Conference
Antonio Lapucci; Marco Ciofini, Editor(s)

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