PARIS AIR SHOW: Boeing's ATL scores first laser hit

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The Lockheed Martin C-130H-based Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) platform fired a high-power laser for the first time in flight on 13 June, Boeing said late yesterday.

The test at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, marks the first successful test for a weapons-grade laser installed aboard an aircraft.

The ATL, which includes a chemical laser, beam control system and sensors, lased a target on the ground, says Boeing, without elaboration.

Boeing also plans to soon fly the 747-based Airborne Laser, with a shootdown attempt planned in the fourth quarter.