Airborne Laser (ABL): Issues for Congress
Research rept. revised
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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Funding for the Airborne Laser ABL program began in FY1994, but the technologies supporting the ABL effort has evolved over 25 years of research and development concerning laser power concepts, pointing and tracking, and adaptive optics. Delayed now for many years, the ABL program plans to conduct a lethality test now scheduled for August 2009. To date, about 4.3 billion has been spent on the ABL program, including 632 million for FY2007. For FY2008, the Administration requested 548.8 billion, which was cut substantially in the House and Senate defense authorization bills. This report examines the ABL program and budget status. It also examines some of the issues raised above. This report does not provide a detailed technical assessment of the ABL program see CRS Report RL30185, The Airborne Laser Anti-Missile Program, by Michael E. Davey and Frederick Martin.. This report is updated periodically as necessary.
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