ok, i was in a rush, so here are details.... it is 40,000 lbs....uses pressurized nitrogen that forces O2 and iodine to create laser.....a container holds spent chems.... an optical resonator creates the light pulse.... the optical bench rifines the beam with mirrors, then beam controll stabilizes the laser beam, a beam expander widens the beam to 20 inches and a turret aims the beam(appears to be huge glass globe)
It appears it's main design purpose is to disable missiles not fry cars.
Seems a good use of a laser to me. If it can take down an oncoming missile in mid air, thats a good thing. Boeing appears to have developed it for the military or at least helped implement it in military aircraft anyway.