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Airborne Laser Team Validates Performance of Redesigned Laser Pump

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Team ABL, USAF, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin has demonstrated that the pump responsible for pumping chemical laser reactants through the Airborne Laser modules can meet all of its performance requirements. In the photo, a Northrop Grumman laser technician checks the fittings of the new pump prior to a successful demonstration of its pumping capabilities on July 18. The test proved that the new pump can pump basic hydrogen peroxide, one the ABL's primary chemical reactants, at the flow rate required to achieve full laser power.

The test was performed at Northrop Grumman's Capistrano Test Site in Southern California, where Team ABL is currently integrating and testing the first ABL flight laser module. Team ABL is developing the first ABL demonstration system under a $1.4 billion program definition and risk reduction contract with the Air Force Space & Missile Systems Center, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico.

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