15 May 1998 - ABL: laser power...

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The U.S. Air Force’s Airborne Laser program, or ABL for short, is a project to put a whopping big laser gun on a 747 and use it to zap the other guy’s rocketing Scuds from a hundred miles away. We’re talking major wattage here; safety goggles are not going to help you.

If it sounds silly when I say it, that’s only because I don’t have millions of dollars dedicated to making it happen.

clue:

For information from the Air Force’s point of view, see The Airborne Laser Program. If you’re a techie, I recommend Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine for more objective reporting. They had a brief article on 4 May 1998, page 32.

give me a clue so sweet and true

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