ABL Scores Another Point:

The prototype Airborne Laser successfully used its passive sensors to autonomously locate, acquire, target, and track an afterburning F-16 fighter moving vertically at a rapid rate of ascent, Air Force Lt. Gen. Trey Obering, head of the Missile Defense Agency, said in a May 9 statement. It was the first such test for the ABL. Obering called it “a significant milestone” that demonstrated a “number of key system capabilities.” Obering has said that ABL is on course to pass a series of “knowledge points” leading to a lethal shootdown of a boosting missile in 2009; however, Congress may be inclined to curtail the program in favor of other priorities.