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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2007
Total Production: ?
Development Cost: USD$5.3 billion
Also Known As: ABL
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Boeing*, Lockheed Martin (nose-mounted turret and beam control/fire control system) and Northrop Grumman (high-energy laser and beacon illuminator laser)   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: YAL-1A
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2007
Total Production: ?
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Description: The YAL-1A is a modified Boeing 747-400F freighter with a chemical Oxygen Iodine megawatt-class laser and advanced sensors and payloads designed to autonomously detect, track, and destroy theater ballistic missiles in the boost phase. The YAL-1A being developed under the Airborne Laser (ABL) program will operate above the clouds, where it will detect, track and destroy ballistic missiles employing its high energy laser. The US Air Force could purchase up to seven YAL-1A aircraft if demonstration is completed successfully. This aircraft will be able to destroy ballistic missiles at hundreds of kilometers away in the boost phase of flight.

Lockheed-Martin, Northrop-Grumman and Boeing form team ABL. The US Air Force awarded a $1.1 billion contract in November 1996 to team ABL to build and test an ABL megawatt-class laser weapon system, now YAL-1A. The YAL-1A has a nose-mounted turret which houses a rotating 1.5m telescope used for target acquisition and beam direction. Lockheed-Martin IRSS sensor will provide detection and targeting capability, while Northrop-Grumman, formerly TRW, will provide the high-energy laser. Boeing will provide 747-400F airframe.

On November 3, 2004, ABL program marked an important milestone with Lockheed-Martin delivering the airborne laser flight turret assembly (FTA) to Edwards Air Force Base, California. The ABL program is now managed by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). The MDA performed the first laser fire test November 12 the same year at Edwards Air Force Base ABL Integration Lab. The first YAL-1A ABL test aircraft equipped with the integrated battle management and Beam Control/Fire Control (BC/FC) systems flew for the first time at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on December 3, 2004. The ABL program was cancelled by the US Air Force in February 2012 due to the lack of funding.

YAL-1A News

There are 19 news between
3 Dec 2003 and 22 Jan 2016
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Friday, January 22, 2016US Armed Force May Develop Laser-Equipped SUAVs
Tuesday, August 18, 2015Missile Defense Agency Developing Laser-Equipped Unmanned Aircraft
Friday, February 12, 2010Airborne Laser Testbed Team Destroys Boosting Ballistic Missile
Thursday, August 20, 2009Airborne Laser Team Fires High-Energy Laser in Flight
Thursday, August 13, 2009Airborne Laser Completes First Airborne Test Against Instrumented Target Missile
Friday, April 24, 2009Airborne Laser Team Begins Weapon System Flight Tests
Monday, December 1, 2008Boeing Airborne Laser Team Fires High-Energy Laser Through Beam Control System
Monday, September 8, 2008High-Energy Laser Fired for the First Time on ABL Aircraft
Monday, July 28, 2008Airborne Laser Team Begins Testing Laser with Chemical Fuel
Wednesday, July 16, 2008MDA Justifies Missile Defense Against Iranian Threat

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