Contemporary operating environment requires a wide range of tools to respond to a myriad of
regular and irregular threats. Accordingly, conventional weapons do not suffice in some cases.
As technology improves exponentially, the dominance of conventional weapons is slowly
fading away by the advances in laser technology. This study first outlines the characteristics of
laser weapons, then provides the military applications of them in land, maritime, air and space
domains and finally exhibits implications for battlefield functions. This study concludes that
any country that is seeking primacy in military terms must allocate extra time and resources to
obtain this emerging technology. Since it seems that there are not adequate studies about the
military applications and operational concepts of the laser weapons, this study tries to increase
awareness about their potential advantages.