Photos: Airborne laser enlists for missile defense

Photos: Airborne laser enlists for missile defense

Summary: The Pentagon is modifying a 747 to carry a megawatt-class laser intended to shoot down enemy missiles.

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  • ABL in action

    This is how the Pentagon envisions the ABL in action. The goal is to interdict missiles shortly after launch when they are in the vulnerable boost phase--and before they get close to U.S. soil.

  • 747 at takeoff

    The 747 in its current, nonweaponized state, at takeoff. A flight test with the low-power, solid-state lasers is set for later this year. The high-power chemical laser is still going through ground testing.

  • Low-energy laser

    At Lockheed Martin, an engineer checks the alignment of one of the low-energy laser's optics

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