VIDEO: Airborne Laser zaps MARTI

The US Missile Defense Agency today released video showing an air-to-air engagement by the Boeing YAL-1 Airborne Laser (YAL) on 10 January. The chemical oxygen iodine laser (COIL) appears to track the target — named Missile Alternative Range Target Instrument (MARTI) — for several seconds. To my knowledge, the results of this test have not been announced. It’s difficult to judge the success (or otherwise) of this test based on the video. Honestly, it kind of reminds me of my childhood Atari console, shooting asteroids.


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10 Responses to VIDEO: Airborne Laser zaps MARTI

  1. dziban303 22 January, 2010 at 10:32 pm #

    Childhood Atari console? Jeez, Stephen, I thought you were an old fart.

  2. aeroxavier 23 January, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    not success because the missile was more high with the plane and laser capability
    but success for follow the missile

  3. buitje 25 January, 2010 at 8:38 am #

    OKE Time to Chrome the Rockets !

  4. Anonymous 25 January, 2010 at 8:17 pm #

    “not success because the missile was more high with the plane and laser capability but success for follow the missile.

    What are you talking about? English is obviously not your best language.

  5. FighterFan 26 January, 2010 at 6:14 am #

    Stephen – MDA reads your blog and saw my suggestion to use the ABL in a tactical air-air role in the Rand Taiwan scenario!
    If they can zap AAMs in flight, they can do Flankers!

  6. Stephen Trimble 26 January, 2010 at 10:50 am #

    Ha! If only I hadn’t heard MDA officials talk about that very idea a couple of years ago (as they fish around for reasons to justify the ABL budget, of course).

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