Laser guided lighting guns

"Scientists and engineers at Picatinny Arsenal are busy developing a device that will shoot lightning bolts down laser beams to destroy its target". Not sure what needs to be added to that.

The system uses high energy laser pulses to "rip electrons off of air molecules" thus creating a channel of plasma, this conducting pathway can then be traversed by massive electrical currents (lightning, if you will). Eventually reaching, and I assume frying, a target.

http://www.army.mil/article/82262/Picatinny_engineers_set_phasers_to__fry_/
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