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China develops working 'Star Wars' laser gun


Posted on Thursday, 5 July, 2018 | Comment icon 19 comments

A man test-fires the laser gun at a distant target. Image Credit: ZKZM Laser Company
The futuristic new weapon is capable of setting fire to targets from a distance of over half a mile away.
Known as the ZKZM-500, the laser gun is thought to weigh around the same as an AK-47 and is capable of being fired 1,000 times on one charge with a two-second delay between shots.

Although it is not believed to be lethal, its strength comes from its ability to set things on fire over a long distance without making a noise and without the laser beam itself being visible to observers.

With it, a combatant could ignite fuel tanks and set buildings on fire without being spotted.
Its abilities are so impressive in fact that when it was first revealed recently, scientists and military experts cast serious doubt over whether it was even possible at all.

In response, the company responsible for developing the ZKZM-500 released images showing the gun's effects on clothing, a car tyre, a slab of meat and a wooden board.

If reports are to be believed, mass production of the weapon will be starting soon.



Source: South China Post | Comments (19)

Tags: Laser Gun

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by Seti42 on 5 July, 2018, 19:58
I'm willing to bet this is BS. If a handheld laser weapon powerful enough to do damage was possible with current technology, the US would already have them. Or at least be prototyping them. We really do have laser cannons in the works, but they are huge. Like, ship-mounted huge.
Comment icon #11 Posted by seanjo on 5 July, 2018, 20:03
Sooo, mirrored armour is called for...  
Comment icon #12 Posted by XenoFish on 5 July, 2018, 20:20
 
Comment icon #13 Posted by OverSword on 5 July, 2018, 21:25
Holy crap!  Go to his youtube page and there is a short clip on the first video of a home made robot using a smaller laser to burst balloons.  This kid is nuts.
Comment icon #14 Posted by XenoFish on 5 July, 2018, 21:29
The things is, it's 'easy' stuff. So building a high powered laser weapon would take a trip to the hardware store and ebay. Now if someone develops either a fully functional BFG-9000 or a handheld railgun that can reach hypervelocity speed, then I'll worry.
Comment icon #15 Posted by RoofGardener on 5 July, 2018, 21:33
What a BRILLIANT military concept.  A weapon that tells EVERYONE whereabouts the shooter is. I'm sure the average infantry soldier will be DELIGHTED to be the one to actually USE this weapon.  Oh... wait... listens to earpiece .. um.. the producer is telling me that the average infantry soldier would probably NOT be too happy about this ?  
Comment icon #16 Posted by XenoFish on 5 July, 2018, 21:36
I think this is the same reason that they quit using flamethrowers. 
Comment icon #17 Posted by RoofGardener on 6 July, 2018, 6:58
Yeah.. they really got their fingers burnt with that one !  
Comment icon #18 Posted by Setton on 6 July, 2018, 7:56
Not when the light isn't in the visible spectrum.   
Comment icon #19 Posted by cathya on 7 July, 2018, 16:16
Well ths sure makes me feel safe. Just what the world needs another weapon to use on people.


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