chemical laser


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chemical laser

[′kem·i·kəl ′lā·zər]
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That level of performance has already been demonstrated with chemical lasers but the launch platforms were bulky, vulnerable to air defenses, and generally unsuitable for military use.
More recently, advances in chemical lasers, optics, and beam control have led to both the ABL and ATL.
The use of two lasers, including a solid-state laser that measures and helps the ABL adjust for atmospheric changes and a chemical laser that does the actual damage to the enemy missile, means the system is very complicated, though those developing the system say water, dust, or smoke won't interfere with the laser, because the system is designed to operate above the clouds.
The chemical lasers, even those powerful enough to be used for our purposes, have very modest electrical needs.
Caption: Developed to protect large fixed-wing platforms, Indra's Manta (MANpads Threat Avoidance) multi-spectral multi-band Dircm uses a relatively large, but powerful, chemical laser supplied by Rosoboronexport in Russia, although work on a compact version is underway.
His congressional colleagues have questioned how the airborne laser will become operational, how many aircraft would be required to sustain a continuous orbit and how many shots the chemical laser can take before it has to land and refuel.
A COIL device was installed in a C-1 30H in late 2007, and during a test on 7 August 2008, the ATL aircraft fired its high-energy chemical laser through its beam-control system, which acquired a ground target and guided the laser beam to it, as directed by the ATL's battle-management system.
ABL is equipped with a powerful megawatt-class chemical laser designed to defend against hostile ballistic attack.
The ABL will consist of a powerful chemical laser, capable of destroying enemy ballistic missiles during their initial boost phase of flight.
The laser test program includes a modified Boeing 747-400F freighter that mounts a chemical laser in a nose turret.
A high-energy chemical laser was installed on a C-130H in December, thereby achieving a key milestone for Boeing in the Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration programme.
The megawatt-class deuterium fluoride chemical laser, which lies at the heart of the THEL, is a very mature technology.