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The AL-1B is a missile interceptor aircraft. The aircraft is a modified 747-400 with a laser equipped to destroy intercontinental ballistic missiles.

History[]

The United States Air Force and United States Department of Defense have tested airborne laser weapons to be used against ballistic missiles ever since the 1980s.[1]

The official Airborne Laser program was initiated in 1996[2], and the first 747-400 with a laser attached, together known as a YAL-1 aircraft, successfully took off on July 18, 2002. The YAL-1's laser completed a successful ground test in 2004, and, on March 15, 2007, the YAL-1 successfully destroyed a target in flight with its laser.[3]

The success of the program led to the mass development of AL-1 units. The United Nations Forces acquired at least one AL-1B variant, and deployed it in battle during Operation Point Blanc against the USEA Federation to destroy any ICBMs launched from Avalon Dam, Russia. However, this AL-1B was targeted by unidentified hostile forces and shot down prior to one ICBM launch from the facility, prompting Reaper to shoot down the missile instead.[4]

Trivia[]

  • In real life, as of December 2011, the Airborne Laser program officially ended after the system was deemed far too costly for operational status.[5] The single YAL-1 in existence flew its final flight on February 14, 2012 to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona, where it currently resides in storage.[6]
    • Clearly, Infinity assumes that the project would not have been canceled in the aftermath of the Ulysses Disaster. In fact, AL-1s could have served a similar role to the Arkbird in cleaning Earth's atmosphere of meteors.
  • In standard aviation monikers, the Y prefix indicates experimental. Therefore, the deployment of an AL-1B implies mass production of the experimental model.
  • The Infinity update that added the Avalon mission to the game was applied one day before the 12th anniversary of the YAL-1's maiden flight on July 18, 2002.

References[]

https://youtu.be/VfHVUKwuAFI

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