Yes, this is real. Amongst Boeing’s current line-up of airplanes, rockets and satellites, they officially have been granted the patent for “force field” and “electromagnetic arc” technology.
Think about your favourite sci-fi movie, now think of what those “force fields” looked like. We’re told this will be similar. The biggest difference is that unlike our favourite movies, these “force fields”, originally filed by Boeing in 2012, will not be able to deflect direct impacts. Rather, it’ll be able to protect vehicles from shockwaves or schrapnel from nearby impacts.
For more information on this amazing new use of technology, read this article on the Express.