31 Mar '17, 3pm

US Missile Defense Agency aims for high-power laser tests in 2021

The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is eyeing two possible laser solutions for boost phase missile intercepts and hopes to trial the technology with high-power systems by 2021. MDA previously managed a large-scale programme that was intended to destroy boosting missiles with a laser, but it was cancelled. The manned Boeing YAL-1 Airborne Laser Testbed (also known as the Airborne Laser), a multibillion development effort, was terminated in 2009 after then secretary of defence Robert Gates found the technology and operating concept unworkable. Gates felt it was unfeasible to rely upon a large manned aircraft circling over enemy territory. However, now MDA officials believe a solution may reside in using high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with lasers that could destroy boosting missiles from standoff ranges, meaning the UAV may not need to risk flying over hostile ...

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