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Lockheed Martin Successfully Tests Beam Control/Fire Control System for Airborne Missile Defense Laser

Lockheed Martin has announced that during a successful test,  the Beam Control/Fire Control system for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s Airborne Laser (ABL) focused and directed a laser beam to destroy a target missile called a Missile Alternative Range Target Instrumentation (MARTI).  The test was conducted August 10th aboard ABL’s modified Boeing 747-400F aircraft.

Mark Johnson, ABL program director, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, stated “The Beam Control/Fire Control System has once again proven its capabilities in flight.  Completing the low-power flight testing against an instrumented boosting target is a testament to the readiness of ABL’s Beam Control/Fire Control system.”

The next test for the Beam Control/Fire Control system will be high-power flight operations, culminating in an airborne intercept test against an unarmed, boosting ballistic missile target later this year.  ABL’s objective is to destroy a ballistic missile while it is still accelerating in the Earth’s atmosphere, before it can deploy its warheads.

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