China brags about laser weapon breakthrough

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Chinese researchers have said they have overcome the biggest challenge for laser weapons, potentially giving Beijing a military advantage of concern to the West.

Beijing is developing laser weaponry that might be able to replace existing air defenses and neutralize missiles, drones and fighter jets. High-energy laser systems can disable unmanned aerial vehicles such as war drones, but they produce a lot of heat that limits performance, a major technical challenge.

However, a team from the National University of Defense Technology in Changsha, Hunan province, said it has solved this problem, reported The South China Morning Post, an English-language newspaper based in Hong Kong.

The researchers developed cooling technology that can extract heat from the laser’s interior, while minimizing turbulence as well as vibrations.

This offers the potential for the continuous firing of laser beams without interruption making the laser weapons much more viable for combat scenarios.


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