Airborne laser takes out missle in defense test

I’m pretty certain terrorists, Chinese and the Russians will determine this is a threat, but this is a purely self defense measure. Who can deny creating missile shields and having the ability to shoot down ICBMs is a bad thing?

From the Los Angeles Times.

A flying Boeing 747 jumbo jet equipped with a massive laser gun shot down a Scud-like missile over the Pacific late Thursday night, marking what analysts said was a major milestone in the development of the nation’s missile defense system.

The test shoot-down at 8:44 p.m. over a military test range near Point Mugu is expected to renew debate over spending billions of dollars for a system that seemed so far behind schedule that the Pentagon decided to significantly curtail its budget last year. The test, which the Pentagon described as a success, could be a major boon to Southern California, where much of the high-tech system has been developed and tested.


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  1. Plainvillian
    Plainvillian says:

    Doug Beason, PHD published "The E Bomb" in 2005.  It outlines the various directed energy weapons under development and the many non-lethal directed weapons soon to be available.  These weapons could have significant ground based applications in the war on terrorists.

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