The Advanced Tactical Laser, weighing twelve thousand pounds and mounted in a Hercules transport plane, is intended to give Special Forces Command “ultra-precision strike capability” against a wide range of ground targets. Its power is somewhere in the hundred-kilowatt range.
According to the developers, the accuracy of this weapon is little short of supernatural. They claim that the pinpoint precision can make it lethal or non-lethal at will. For example, they say it can either destroy a vehicle completely, or just damage the tires to immobilize it.
Apparently one of the benefits is though to include “deniability,” but it seems to me that even the more superstitiously retrograde are going to put one and one together when their comrades spontaneously combust.
I think I liked it better when we left a card.