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Mugu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:32 PM
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First light for US 'laser jumbo'
news.bbc.co.uk

The Airborne Laser (ABL) was conceived to shoot down enemy ballistic missiles in the early stages of their flight.

Engineers conducted the test on the ground, firing the laser out through a turret mounted on the nose of the plane at a simulated target.

An airborne intercept of an in-flight ballistic missile is planned for 2009. The multi-billion dollar ABL programme has been running for more than 12 years.

Scientists are reported to be working out other uses for the flying weapon - which could help secure continued funding. These extra missions include shooting down surface-to-air missiles, cruise missiles and even enemy aircraft.

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C_U_L8R Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:36 PM
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1. this will end in tears
or popcorn


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anigbrowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:38 PM
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2. Hee
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backscatter712 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:40 PM
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4. Best movie EVER!!!
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:39 PM
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3. $3 billion
Through FY2004
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Greyskye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:50 PM
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5. McCain is instrumental in this program
    Fear the McCain!
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