Laser Weapons Technology is ready
The Pentagon has been dreaming to use Laser Weapons which could lead to similar damage but much less expensive.
Although it has been a long way, it seems that, according to the latest information published by defense news, the technology has been finally developed by Lockheed, and it is a matter of time when can be finally introduced in the military platforms.
The possible platforms in which it could operate the Laser Weapon technology would not be restricted to naval assets. Therefore, it could be used from aircraft platforms and ground vehicles. Currently, the weapons are limited to the 15-30 KW scale therefore, we do not need afraid of using it to large scale attacks such as the Dark Star in the Star Wars movie, fortunately.
A few books have been already written and published about the development of this technology.