Once again four more North Korean missiles have “failed” in a row as the U.S. and South Korea conduct joint exercises this week. The first volley of missiles to “fail” included 3 intermediate range missiles with one blowing up just miles above the launch pad. The others blowing up consecutively minutes apart in the boost phase of the launch window. This once again fits the profile of an airborne laser system attack.
The U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement that three North Korean short-range missiles failed — two after flying an unspecified distance and another seemingly blowing up almost immediately. It added that the missile posed no threat to the U.S. territory of Guam, which the North had previously warned it would fire missiles toward.
Soon after on 8/28/17 it was reported that another missile launch over Japan fell into the ocean in 3 pieces. Many media outlets have reported this. Very interesting. The United States may be shooting down these missiles and denying it. As to not start a full scale war on the Korean Peninsula.
A South Korean military official told NBC News that the missile was fired around 5:57 a.m. local time on Tuesday. The official said that the missile flew for about 2,700 kilometers (1,678 miles), reaching a maximum altitude of 550 kilometers (342 miles). U.S. Pacific Command projected that the missile splashed down at 6:29 a.m. local time.
The Japanese broadcaster reported that the North Korean missile broke into three pieces and fell into the sea
This all stated back in April with a string of mysterious “missile failures” by North Korea that fit the profile of covert missile interceptions.
The Boeing YAL-1 Airborne Laser Test 747 used a chemical oxygen iodine laser (COIL) that took up the entire body of the modified Boeing 747 fuselage. A kilowatt class laser it used a primary targeting laser to track it’s target and test the atmosphere before firing of the main laser. Using adaptive optics, a technique used by astronomers, it adjusts the laser to negate the effects of atmospheric distortions. Having the business end of the system shooting a high powered laser out the nose of the aircraft. Capable of hitting targets many 100s of miles away by directing a powerful laser to side of the missile causing it to heat up and explode. Used to destroy missiles in the boost phase of flight with enough power for 20 shots. This weapon system was first tested back in 2004. The Boeing YAL-1 had many successful tests, even engaging to two missiles in the boost phase in one experiment, until it’s retirement in 2011. Hitting a enemy missile in the boost portion of it’s launch would allow any nuclear payload to remain the problem of the country who launched it. Also it makes room for some plausible deniability as rockets blow up all the time and it would be hard to pin the action on a nation fielding this technology. Retirement for the Boeing YAL-1 means it was just a prototype and lessons learned would be applied to future airborne laser systems. The technology developed in this demonstrator would later be applied to drone aircraft.
The United States government has experimented publically with these air borne laser systems for many decades. Laser technology has improved rapidly since that time. No longer using chemical lasers. Most systems now employ a solid state laser that is much smaller and more powerful. The YAL-1 airborne laser generated a kilowatt of laser power per 55 kilograms of weight. New solid state airborne lasers can field a kilowatt of power per 35 kilograms and do not need to store heavy chemical on board. Allowing a much smaller air frame to carry the system. Possibly using stealth drone aircraft such as the RQ-180 that has increased loiter time and cannot be seen on radar. Able to stay over enemy countries undetected for long periods of time with no risk to a human pilot. The solid state laser takes it’s power from the aircraft engines. An unlimited magazine of ammo as long as it can be refueled in mid air. The military is even employing ground laser systems as well as AC-130 cargo planes to deliver deadly laser strikes and non lethal pain rays for crowd control. Laser weapons are also being tested for use on fighter aircraft. Directed energy microwave rifles are being employed by security agencies right now to take down errant drones that may threaten the super bowl of other large events. Why not use this proven technology to protect millions of lives? These type of weapons are most likely being used to take down missiles in the boost phase. The world may have just seen a demonstration.