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2010-02-12 13:20:00

The Missile Defense Agency demonstrated the potential use of directed energy to defend against ballistic missiles when the Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB) successfully destroyed a boosting ballistic missile. The experiment, conducted at Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center-Weapons Division Sea Range off the central California coast, serves as a proof-of-concept demonstration for directed energy technology. The ALTB is a pathfinder for the nation's directed energy program and its potential...

2009-08-13 13:10:00

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced today that the Beam Control/Fire Control system for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Airborne Laser (ABL) has focused and directed a low-power laser beam in an engagement with an instrumented, boosting missile target, resulting in a successful simulated intercept. In a flight test Aug. 10 aboard ABL's modified Boeing 747-400F aircraft, the Lockheed Martin-developed Beam Control/Fire Control...

2008-12-01 12:05:00

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced today that the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Airborne Laser (ABL) team has successfully fired the High Energy Laser through the Lockheed Martin-developed Beam Control/Fire Control system. In a series of tests conducted in the aircraft on the ground, the Beam Control/Fire Control system focused and directed the High Energy Laser beam. The beam passed through the conformal window on the nose of...

2006-08-15 14:12:24

By Jim Wolf HUNTSVILLE, Alabama (Reuters) - The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency has begun working with Israel to help find ways to counter enemy rockets, a much shorter-range threat than the "Star Wars" mission to block ballistic missiles for which is it known, the head of the agency said on Tuesday. "We have been working with the Israelis ... as they go through with development of their own indigenous capabilities for that threat," Air Force Lt. Gen. Henry Obering told reporters...

2006-08-15 14:10:00

By Jim Wolf HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency has begun working with Israel to help find ways to counter enemy rockets, a much shorter-range threat than the "Star Wars" mission to block ballistic missiles for which is it known, the head of the agency said on Tuesday. "We have been working with the Israelis ... as they go through with development of their own indigenous capabilities for that threat," Air Force Lt. Gen. Henry Obering told reporters after a speech at a...

2006-07-20 00:40:00

By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON -- Israel's latest military operations reflect a fighting machine bolstered by U.S. weaponry, jet fuel and technology transfers -- and more is on its way. From 1971 through 2005, U.S. aid to Israel has averaged more than $2 billion a year, two-thirds of which has been military assistance, according to the U.S. Congressional Research Service. U.S. military grants to Israel totaled $2.28 billion in fiscal 2006 ending September 30, according to a new tally in the...