China develops highly accurate laser to shoot down drones

China develops highly accurate laser to shoot down drones

China has developed a highly accurate homemade laser defence weapon system capable of shooting down small-scale drones flying at low attitude.

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.

Also at the same time it is expected to play a key role in ensuring security during major events in urban areas and address unlicensed mapping activities, agency reported.

The weapon is able to shoot down 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.

"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," Yi Jinsong, a manager with China Jiuyuan Hi-Tech Equipment Corp. said.

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

The new laser system, which will either be installed or transported in vehicles, will keep a tight vigil on security for domestic political meetings, international conferences and sports events, looking to prevent public protests as well as any threats to the participants.

Adding that, they said a recent test saw the machine successfully shoot down more than 30 drones -- a 100 per cent success rate. The academy further is developing similar laser security systems with greater power and range, they said.

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