Must admit to not covering lasers a great deal but the US (and Germany for some inexplicable reason) seem to be pushing forward.
The US Navy plans to deploy a solid state laser test system aboard the USS Ponce this year
The eye opening quotation from that video is at the beginning, a couple of dollars per shot combined with a couple of hundred thousand dollars per shot for missiles.
This video from General Atomics, paints of course a rosy picture, but the concept is interesting, lasers in support of SEAD/DEAD missions and a glimpse of their potential in the Air to Air role. Imagine a group of networked unmanned aircraft providing mutually supporting fire with onboard lasers then the bomb trucks tucking in behind.
Rheinmetall are developing a laser system
This is based on combining multiple laser sources and has been tested in various forms and on various platforms
Where is the UK on this game changing paradigm shifting technology?