ABL Flies, but Government Agency Warns Sky Is Not Clear
Boese, Wade, Arms Control Today
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS
AN AIRCRAFT DESIGNED to carry a laser that would shoot down ballistic missiles shortly after their launch made its inaugural test-flight July 18. The flight came just days after the General Accounting Office (GAO) reported that certain technology key to building the laser has not yet been sufficiently developed and that the program lacks clear criteria for determining when the aircraft will be ready for production and use.
The Airborne Laser (ABL) aircraft, a modified Boeing 747, took off from a Kansas air base and flew for about 90 minutes in its first flight, which was aimed at testing the plane's airworthiness after several modifications, …
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Publication information: Article title: ABL Flies, but Government Agency Warns Sky Is Not Clear. Contributors: Boese, Wade - Author. Magazine title: Arms Control Today. Volume: 32. Issue: 7 Publication date: September 2002. Page number: 17. © 2003 Arms Control Association. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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