Airborne Laser Kicks Missile Ass

Mounted on a transmogrified Boeing 747 is this airborne laser, making the otherwise graceful plane look like a clown-nosed guppy. But this big U.S. Air Force aircraft is the last thing a enemy missile commander wants to see. It can hunt down and kill an evil-doer's missiles from amazing distances—the extent of which is still a deep, dark military secret—using a three-pronged spotting and kill system. And we thought that "Star Wars" laser missile defense program was dead. Not so. Check out the radical photos in the gallery below. [Tech E Blog]

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newgalactic
newgalactic

This is a ridiculous solution. I may work against 5 to 10 warheads, but what about 300? I believe modern ICBM's can hold up to like 10'ish MIRVS. An attacking country would only have to launch 30 missiles to get that kink of MIRV count. What happens if the country launches 50, or 100 ICBM's. That's 500 to 1000 MIRVS. That better be one heck of a laser, and an amazing "god-like" fire control system directing it.

...and reflective paint will make each MIRV more resilient.