China’s Laser Weapons Threat
China has been developing laser weapons as part of its push to modernize its military technology and equipment. Weapons range from low-powered tactical beam emitters to a high-energy strategic weapons system. Scmp.com reports about some of the latest tactical laser weapons China has revealed in recent years.
A ground or vehicle-based laser weapon system, its 10 kilowatts of power can cover an area of 12 sq km. It was used to shoot down more than 30 small air vehicles – including fixed-wing, multi-rotor and helicopters – during tests, with a 100% success rate, according to the first official disclosure in 2014. It can destroy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, within a range of 2km – flying lower than 500m – in about 5 seconds.