The future is nigh: AC-130 gunships could be outfitted with laser cannons
Admittedly a high-energy laser cannon on an airplane as small as a C-130 Hercules (others have fit on Navy ships and 747-sized airplanes) is still in the research phase, but that hasn’t kept AFSOC from pursuing the technology since 2015.
You can read more about the development of laser toting AC-130 gunships here.
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