Video CGI: Airborne laser destroys scud missile

I’m lifting it from Danger Room so I’ll force you to click over for the background. The big technical worry seems to be accounting for atmospheric distortions; won’t they bend a laser in transit towards a target dozens or hundreds of miles away? Not if another laser locks on first, per the video.

For the record, I didn’t start hyperventilating until they mentioned the “sweet spot.”