This sleek model of the Boeing YAL-1A Airbome Laser (ABL) U.S. Air Force aircraft model is in 1:200 scale with a wingspan of 12" and is 14" in length. The Boeing YAL-1 Airborne Laser is a megawatt-class chemical oxygen iodine laser (COIL) mounted inside a modified Boeing 747-400F.
The YAL-1A is a high-energy laser weapon system for the destruction of tactical theatre ballistic missiles, which is carried on a modified Boeing 747-400F freighter aircraft.
The Airborne Laser (ABL) is being developed b the Air Force Research Laboratory and Team ABL, comprising Boeing, TRW and Lockheed Martin.
The YAL-1's primary function is to destroy tactical ballistic missiles (TBMs), similar to the Scud, while in boost phase. The YAL-1A was designated YAL-1A in 2004 by the U.S. Department of Defense.
In May 2002, the YAL-1A underwent modification including installation of the turret in the aircraft's nose and modifications to accept the laser, optics and computer hardware. In July 2002, the modified YAL-1A took the first series of test flights. The aircraft returned to airworthiness certification. In November 2004, all six modules of the COIL laser were successfully fired for the first time. In August 2005, the ABL completed a series of flight tests demonstrating the performance of the beam and flight control systems. The BILL laser was delivered in January 2006. On February 2007, the ABL began a series of flight tests, including the first in-flight firing of the beam and flight control systems.
The first prototype is scheduled for completion in late 2008 with high-power testing to begin by the end of the year. In 2009, there will be a test in missile interception.
Working from exact aircraft blueprints, this beautiful replica model design is molded in a high quality and sturdy resin. Each model then passes through several stages of priming before talented artists apply paint and detail. Extreme care is made to apply historically accurate aircraft markings and emblems. Before completion, each model receives several coats of clear lacquer to create not only a spectacular work of aviation art, but to insure each model will be a lasting addition to any airline or aircraft model collection.
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