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The airborne laser
Author(s): Steven Lamberson; Harold Schall; Paul Shattuck
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Paper Abstract

The Airborne Laser (ABL) is an airborne, megawatt-class laser system with a state-of-the-art atmospheric compensation system to destroy enemy ballistic missiles at long ranges. This system will provide both deterrence and defense against the use of such weapons during 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 current program status.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 April 2007
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6346, XVI International Symposium on Gas Flow, Chemical Lasers, and High-Power Lasers, 63461M (26 April 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.738802
Show Author Affiliations
Steven Lamberson, Missile Defense Agency (United States)
Harold Schall, The Boeing Co. (United States)
Paul Shattuck, Lockheed Martin Space and Missile Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6346:
XVI International Symposium on Gas Flow, Chemical Lasers, and High-Power Lasers

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