The Airborne Laser
Theater Air Defense...with lightning lethality
The Airborne Laser (ABL) Program will provide an early defense against tactical theater ballistic missiles by eliminating them while still in the boost phase. The Airborne Laser will use advanced missile tracking technology to locate and aim a high energy laser at theater ballistic missiles, such as the Scud misiles used by Iraq during Desert Storm, destroying them before they can enter friendly territory. Flying from friendly airspace, the ABL will be part of an integrated missile defense system which will greatly reduce the threat of theater ballistic missiles during both combat and peace-time situations.
There are currently two teams competing for this program: the Rockwell / Hughes / Raytheon E-Systems / SVS R&D / Lockheed Martin / Parsons / SAIC team, and the Boeing / Lockheed / TRW team. The Airborne Laser contract will be awarded on November 15, 1996.
Company Fact Sheets and Schedule Updates
Click here to see Fact Sheets regarding each team member's contributions to the ABL program:
The Rockwell team proposal for the Program Definition and Risk Reduction (PDRR) phase was delivered on 9 July. Listed below are major milestones leading to the contract award:
The following milestones have already been met:
Links To Other Sites
Click here to visit the Kirtland Air Force Base / Phillips Laboratory ABL Home Page
Links to the home pages of the Airborne Laser team members:
USAF / Rockwell
/ Hughes / Raytheon
E-Systems / SVS R&D /
Lockheed Martin / Parsons