SOCOM: Flight test for AC-130J laser slips to FY-23

By Briana Reilly / October 22, 2021 at 4:08 PM
Defense officials are looking to flight test the Airborne High Energy Laser on an AC-130J Ghostrider in fiscal year 2023, a U.S. Special Operations Command spokeswoman told Inside Defense this week, pushing back the planned demonstration by a year. SOCOM spokeswoman Navy Lt. Cassandra Thompson said today the delayed plans for the laser flight test, previously slated for FY-22, are tied to the AHEL team's "pretty deliberate systems integration process.” News of the updated timetable for the years-in-the-making effort...

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