Lt. General Heithold, was speaking just a few minutes ago at the AFA panel about a Non-Kinetic Directed energy system that the SOCOM is considering for the Future AC-130J. The plan is to replace the M102 so the weight class isn't too different from the system that it is replacing. This particular system developed by General Atomics is different from the Program development under Hellads which GA is the lead in as well. I think the AC-130J would be the platform of choice unless they want to fund 2 programs in which case the Avenger may be considered. If the SOCOM is seeking to take out an in-service aircraft and have it permanently mount the system then it would be a tactically significant capability, otherwise you could simply keep testing the thing and maintain the S&T effort until you get to those. The whole point of HELLADS is to deal with tactically relevant products for all three services and having the scalability option depending upon the platform.
He also btw, spoke of a Microwave weapon launcher for the AC-130J because he considers targets out there in the future they they do not necessarily want to kill but just shut off.