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ATL  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Maiden Flight: 19 May 2008
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: Advanced Tactical Laser and NC-130H
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Boeing*, HYTEC (various structural elements of the laser weapon system), JB Henderson (mechanical integration) and L-3 Brashears (laser turret)   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: ATL
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Maiden Flight: 19 May 2008
Total Production: ?
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Description: The Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) is an advanced concept technology demonstration program being sponsored by the United States Department of Defense (DoD). The ATL is based on a C-130H Hercules military transport aircraft fitted with a high-energy chemical laser. The new weapon system will be used to destroy, damage or disable tactical targets on the ground with ultra-precision engagement capability that will dramatically reduce collateral damage. The chemical laser is fired through a rotating turret that extends through the aircraft's belly. The ATL weapon system is being envisaged for use in operations on the battlefield and in urban terrain. The first firing of the ATL weapon system while in-flight was conducted on May 19, 2008.

ATL News

There are 11 news between
23 Jan 2006 and 22 Jan 2016
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Friday, January 22, 2016US Armed Force May Develop Laser-Equipped SUAVs
Tuesday, October 13, 2009Advanced Tactical Laser Strikes Moving Target in Test
Tuesday, September 1, 2009Advanced Tactical Laser Defeats Ground Target in Flight Test
Friday, June 19, 2009ATL Aircraft Fires High-Power Laser in Flight
Monday, June 15, 2009Advanced Tactical Laser Fires High-Power Laser in Flight
Tuesday, October 14, 2008Boeing Awarded Contract to Continue Testing Advanced Tactical Laser
Wednesday, August 13, 2008Boeing Tests Entire Weapon System on Advanced Tactical Laser Aircraft
Monday, May 19, 2008Boeing Begins Firing High-Energy Laser Aboard C-130H Tactical Laser Aircraft
Monday, December 10, 2007Boeing Installs High-Energy Laser on Laser Gunship Aircraft
Friday, October 13, 2006Boeing Conducts First Light of ATL Demonstrator

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