Last week, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB) took out a test missile over the Pacific ocean. The missile was launched from an at-sea mobile launch platform and within seconds, the ALTB used onboard sensors to detect the boosting missile and used a low-energy laser to track the target. A second low-energy laser was fired to measure and compensate for atmospheric disturbance before the ALTB finally fired its megawatt-class High Energy Laser, heating the boosting ballistic missile to critical structural failure. The entire engagement occurred within two minutes of the target missile launch, while its rocket motors were still thrusting.
Up until now, only pictures of the event were available. Today, we have video. Check it out below.