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Disarmament Diplomacy

Issue No. 18, September 1997

US Considers Laser Test in Space

According to the New York Times on 1 September, the US Department of Defense (DoD) is considering a space test of a new military laser. According to the report, on which the DoD did not immediately comment, the test would aim to fire the laser, from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, at a US Air Force satellite. The new weapon - reportedly known as Miracle (Mid-Infrared Advanced Chemical Laser) - has apparently already been tested on the ground. Tests aimed at satellites were prohibited until 1995, when the ban was overturned by Congress.

Report: Report - military wants to test laser, Reuters, 1 September.

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