Peace Through Light, Oh Wait, Obama Wants To Cancel It


Nuke-nobbler raygun 747 scores ‘surrogate’ test success

The USA’s amazing jumbo-jet-mounted blaster cannon, the Airborne Laser (ABL), continues progress through flight testing. Lead contractor Boeing announced last night that the ABL has successfully detected and locked onto a test rocket and held a “surrogate” low-power beam on it. Had a full-bore blast been fired, the rocket would have been destroyed.

“This test demonstrates that the Airborne Laser can fully engage an in-flight missile,” said Boeing jumbo-blaster veep Michael Rinn. “Pointing and focusing a laser beam on a target that is rocketing skyward at thousands of miles per hour is no easy task, but the Airborne Laser is uniquely able to do the job.”

The flight test reportedly took place on Monday off the coast of California, with the target rocket launched from San Nicholas Island.

The prototype ABL, following many years of development and teething troubles, now appears to be closing in on a full-power flight test against a ballistic missile by the end of this year. All components of the system have been tested separately on the ground, and now the full-strength laser plus its associated sensors, battle management and beam pointing hardware have been installed in the plane (it had previously flown with a low-powered laser only, for trials).

See also:
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Boeing YAL-1

Pretty impressive, huh? Orbit the ABL 24/7 over the western Pacific and suddenly North Korea is in a box, no longer a problem, impotent, neutered.

Well now, we can’t have that, now can we?

/don’t worry, Obama’s gonna cancel the ABL program