close
This ad will auto close in 10 seconds

China successfully tests laser weapon to shoot down drones

 China on Sunday claimed to have successfully tested a homemade laser defence system specially targeting small-scale drones flying at low altitude.



Beijing: China on Sunday claimed to have successfully tested a homemade laser defence system specially targeting small-scale drones flying at low altitude.

The weapon is able to shoot down various small aircraft within a two-kilometre radius and can do so in five seconds after locating its target, said a statement released by the China Academy of Engineering Physics, one of the system's co-developers.

Characterised by its speed, precision and low noise, the system is designed to destroy unmanned, small-scale drones flying within an altitude of 500 metres and at a speed below 50m/s, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

"Intercepting such drones is usually the work of snipers and helicopters, but their success rate is not as high and mistakes with accuracy can result in unwanted damage," said Yi Jinsong, a manager with China Jiuyuan Hi-Tech Equipment Corp, a group under the academy spearheading the project.

According to Yi, small-scale, unmanned drones are relatively cheap and easy-to-use, which makes them a likely choice for terrorists.

In addition, concerns have been raised over drones engaged in unlicensed mapping activities and the affect this could have on military and civil aerial activities.

The new laser system, which will either be installed or transported in vehicles, is expected to play a key role in ensuring security during major events in urban areas, the statement said, adding that a recent test saw the machine successfully shoot down more than 30 drones -- a 100 per cent success rate.

The academy said it was developing similar laser security systems with greater power and range.

From Zee News

0 Comment - Join the Discussions

trending

photo gallery

video


WION FEATURES

K8 Plus: Lenovo's new phone available @ Rs 10,999

Heavy security outside Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa as search operation begins

WATCH Exclusive: After Doklam standoff, India begins road construction near LAC

Hurricane Irma, rampaging through Caribbean, is most enduring super-storm on record

Three train derailments in 1 day, fourth accident narrowly-averted

China says Indian Army chief's views contrary to those expressed by Modi, Xi