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Exaggerating only very slightly, I mean "slice and dice" capability against those vehicles from the Airborne Tactical Laser. The ABL also has much greater capacity than simply burning a hole in a missile fuel tank... from 250-300 nm away.
During the experiment, the Airborne Laser Lab destroyed five AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and a Navy BQM-34A target drone.
I think your analysis is clouded by your perception of how actual military application and contact damage occur on the battlefield.
I have thus far never mentioned a tank, merely that up-armored vehicles are not a a problem for the Advanced Tactical Laser.
The engineers working on these systems are quite confident in the capacity I've mention thus far, even more in fact. As I said, white world capability will be understated.
The possibility of the ABL to be used against ground targets and airborne aircraft has been looked at, but is not a necessity at the moment.
Potential capability is there, however.
At a range of 1 meter, that requires an energy release of 0.63MJ, and once the beam is substantially inside the object, most of the flash will be deposited on the rest of the inside of the object, so it's really only object shells we need to worry about.
If the beam has an area of 50 square centimeters ( AV:T scale) to emit a total of 630 kJ it must be emitting 12.6 kJ/cm2.
A single pulse with a total energy of 100 MJ (MegaJoule) would have the effect of the detonation of 25 kg of TNT.
There are advances being made in battery technology all the time, with that in mind, do you envisage something being able to power a laser sometime in the near future?
Or for that matter, advances in laser technology having the same result?