The Airborne Laser Test Bed (ALTB) provides speed-of-light capability to support the advancement of directed energy technology and the understanding of directed energy applications.
The ALTB program places battle management equipment, a beam control/fire control system, and a high-energy Chemical Oxygen Iodine Laser (COIL) on a modified Boeing 747-400F aircraft to support the potential application of directed energy for missile defense.
On Feb. 11, 2010, Boeing, industry teammates and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency successfully demonstrated the speed, precision and breakthrough potential of directed-energy weapons when the Airborne Laser Test Bed engaged and destroyed a boosting ballistic missile.
For more information, read the Airborne Laser Test Bed (ALTB) (PDF) overview, the Missile Defense Agency Airborne Laser Test Bed Fact Sheet.
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