Airborne Laser Knocks Down Test Missile YAL-1
Courtesy: DoD Missile Defense Agency
Feb. 11, 2010 - At 8:44 p.m. (PST), a short-range threat-representative
ballistic missile was launched from an at-sea mobile launch platform.
Within seconds, the ALTB used onboard sensors to detect the Boosting missile and used a low-energy laser
to track the target. The ALTB then fired a second low-energy laser to
measure and compensate for atmospheric disturbance. Finally, the ALTB fired
its megawatt-class High Energy Laser, heating the Boosting ballistic missile to critical
structural failure. The entire engagement occurred within two minutes of
the target missile launch, while its rocket motors were still thrusting.
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