They want three types of laser weapons. The first will be used to blind enemy planes' sensors. A second one—with a higher wattage—will be used as a defense against missiles. And lastly, they want an offensive laser weapon to take down other planes. According to the proposal, these "laser and beam control systems are being investigated independent of platform in the flight regime from altitudes Sea Level to 65,000 feet and speeds from Mach 0.6 to 2.5."

By October 2014, the AFRL wants to have readiness level four equipment, solid enough to work in a lab. They want to have level five gear by 2022, which means that it would be tested under simulated real world conditions. By 2030, the equipment should be ready to deploy in their next-generation air superiority fighter.

Let the real Star Wars begin!