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The Boeing Co. fired a high-energy chemical laser aboard a C-130H aircraft in ground tests for the first time May 13 at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M.
Boeing is developing the Advanced Tactical Laser for the Department of Defense to destroy, damage or disable targets with little or no collateral damage. The laser will be used to support missions on the battlefield and in urban operations.
I do wonder if "reduced collateral damage" just means less likely of HITTING something not targeted. I cannot even start to imagine that the whole thing is disintegrated in the air.
How hot is the beam? The laser itself isn’t hot, but it can heat its target to thousands of degrees.
Does the laser sear everything in its path? Yes. If a bird flew into the firing laser’s line of sight— well, no more bird. Fortunately, the weapon will fire for only a few seconds at a time, minimizing the risk.
Does it melt its target or just set it aflame? That depends on what it hits. It will melt metal, but if the target is combustible, it will burn. Source