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.
VIDEO: Airborne Laser zaps MARTI
By Stephen Trimble on 22 January, 2010 in Uncategorised
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