The Future of War is now.
Similar story to my past about the ABL (Airborne Laser), the Navy successfully tested LaWS (Laser Weapon System) to shoot down a flying plane. The laser system is guided by the Raytheon Phalanx Close-In Weapon Sensor. If all goes well in testing, these laser weapons will be standard on every Navy battleship.
...see test video from gizmodo below.
The LaWS is a six-laser cannon guided by the Phalanx Block 1B—the white structure that you can see here, mounted next to LaWS. Phalanx identifies and tracks the targets using electro-optical systems, measuring the range using radio frequency sensors. With that information, LaWS follows the target, and focuses the energy of its six beams on one point until it takes the airplane down because of the heat.
hhhhmmm....Focusing multiple energy beams onto a single target for destruction...?? Sounds like a stepping stone to the ultimate weapon.....The Death Star.