The Airborne Laser has completed a “fire control loop,” or sequence of events needed to fire its laser at a boosting ballistic missile, according to a July 9 Missile Defense Agency release. During the June 29 flight test, the ABL also conducted the first-in-flight propagation of the Surrogate High Energy Laser through its nose-mounted turret. The SHEL simulates the high-energy Chemical Iodine Oxygen Laser to be installed on the aircraft later this year. Upcoming tests this month will feature a “complete engagement series,” with the ABL using its tracking illuminator laser, atmospheric compensation laser, and the SHEL.
Details Murky as ARRW Falls Short in Second Test
March 24, 2023
The second all-up flight of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon on March 13 fell short of a fully successful test, but the Air Force isn’t saying what went wrong with the Lockheed Martin-built hypersonic missile. The defense giant's Missiles and Fire Control division recently said the ARRW is "ready…