China has unveiled a weapon that can shoot down light drones at low altitude, French news agency AFP reported Monday.
The laser system is highly accurate within a two-kilometer range and can bring down “various small aircraft” within five seconds of locating its target, the report said, citing the China Academy of Engineering Physics, one of the developers.
State news agency Xinhua showed pictures of large metal boxes in camouflage paint and the wreckage of a small drone, some of it burning.
It is expected to “play a key role in ensuring security during major events in urban areas” and address concerns on unlicensed mapping activities, the report said.
The weapon is effective up to a maximum altitude of 500 meters and against aircraft flying at up to 50 meters per second.
Yi Jinsong, a manager with China Jiuyuan Hi-Tech Equipment Corp., said a firm under the academy, said small-scale, unmanned drones are relatively cheap and easy to use, making them a likely choice for terrorists.
“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,” he was quoted as saying.
The system, which can be installed on vehicles, shot down more than 30 drones in a recent test with a “100 percent success rate”, the report said.
The academy is developing similar laser security systems with greater power and range.
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