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Airborne Laser Passes Another Test

Photonics Spectra
Aug 1998
The US Air Force, along with Boeing Co. of Seattle, TRW Inc. in Detroit and Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, Calif., has fired a multihundred-kilowatt chemical oxygen iodine laser as part of the Airborne Laser Program. The experiments occurred June 3 at TRW's test site near San Clemente, Calif.

The test firing is the latest achievement in a series of tests the Air Force has conducted. In April, the team successfully tested the system that points and focuses the laser. The laser -- also known as YAL-1A Attack Laser -- is designed to defend civilians and military assets against attack by theater ballistic missiles.

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