China successfully develops drone defense system: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has successfully tested a self-developed laser defense system against small-scale low-altitude drones, state media said on Sunday.

The laser defense system is capable of shooting down small aircraft within a two-km (1.2-mile) radius and can do so within five seconds of locating its target, the official Xinhua news agency said, quoting a statement by the China Academy of Engineering Physics.

The academy is one of the drone defense system’s co-developers, Xinhua said.

The reported development comes as concerns about the country’s military preparedness are being raised in state media. A front page article in China’s official military newspaper last month said that weaknesses in military training posed a threat to the country’s ability to fight and win a war.

President Xi Jinping has been pushing to strengthen the fighting ability of China’s 2.3 million-strong armed forces as they project power across disputed waters in the East and South China Seas. China has developed stealth jets and has built one aircraft carrier.

Full article: China successfully develops drone defense system: Xinhua (Yahoo!)

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