Science & Technology
China develops working 'Star Wars' laser gun
By T.K. Randall
July 5, 2018 · 17 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
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