Zapping a ballistic missile
The image sequence here shows the infrared trail of the target missile breaking up in flight as it was zapped.
"With this successful experiment, the Airborne Laser Testbed has blazed a path for a new generation of high-energy, ultra-precision weaponry," Michael Rinn, vice president and ALTB program director at Boeing, said in a statement. "ALTB technology and future directed-energy platforms will transform how the United States defends itself and its friends and allies. Having the capability to precisely project force, in a measured way, at the speed of light, will save lives."
October 6, 2012 12:00 PM PDT
Photo by: Images from U.S. Missile Defense Agency
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
Conversation powered by Livefyre