The major problem with directed energy source weapons like lasers and microwaves has always been the power supply. Atmosphere will tend to attenuate a laser over distance rendering less then effective against hardened targets like tanks and APC's. The effects on humans is predictable. Permanent blindness and burns is not something the military needs as a reputation.
Airborne laser systems are somewhat more effective against Ballistic missle since the laser is fired in a more rareified atmosphere.
Electro-magnetic rail guns is something that probably wiil be fielded in the near future. Since they are recoiless and have extreremly high velocity, they are ideal at killing other tanks and APCS. Some reports that I have seen on the velocity of these is 4-5 mi/sec
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
You are contributing.
I look forward to hearing more.
The rail guns are said to be planned for naval ships in the next ten years.
Have to go. Costing to much.