`First light' produced for airborne laser

Johnson, Ray
August 1998
Airman;Aug98, Vol. 42 Issue 8, p10
Reports on the United States Air Force's testing of a high-energy laser module as part of its airborne laser program at the Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. Description of the laser module; Plans for the laser's use in military operations.


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