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Definately not a fast acting weapon.
Look how long it takes to burn a drone.
How is it going to deal with 5 or 10 or 20 missiles fired at it at Mach speeds?
They're wasting their money if this is just for use against drones and boats.
They already scrapped the airbourne lasers for this reason. Too costly and impractical.
edit on 11-4-2014 by pookle because: (no reason given)
reply to post by andy06shake
The problem is the air, and the many things floating in the air.
Smoke, fog, clouds, dust, bugs, anything in the lasers path can make the laser non-lethal. Even just high winds, and lots of air turbulence will disrupt a laser. It has always been the biggest hurdle for weaponized lasers, and will always be the problem.