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US hails airborne laser as weapons milestone

The head of the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency on Friday hailed what he cast as epochal progress toward putting a high-energy laser aboard a modified Boeing Co. 747 to zap ballistic missiles that could be fired by North Korea and Iran.But the Pentagon’s former top weapons tester poured doubt on the project, saying it faced major technical hurdles and might be defeated by a simple countermeasure. The Airborne Laser has been developed at a cost so far of about $3.5 billion with the aim of destroying, at the speed of light, all classes of ballistic missiles shortly after their launch. Full Story

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