China will deploy a laser weapon capable of shooting down low-flying objects to boost security at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing starting this week, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily.
Co-developed by the China Academy of Engineering Physics, the “Low Altitude Sentinel” has a protection range of 12 square kilometers and can shoot down small aircraft within a 2km radius within five seconds of detecting its target.
Characterized by its speed, precision and low noise, the sentinel has been designed to destroy small unmanned drones flying within an altitude of 500 meters and at a speed below 50 meters per second, the academy said in a statement, adding that recent tests saw the machine shoot down more than 30 drones with a 100% success rate.
A spokesperson from China Jiuyuan Hi-Tech Equipment Corp, a group under the academy spearheading the project, said the drone will play a key role in protecting Beijing over the coming week. “Intercepting small drones has usually been the work of snipers and helicopters, but their success rate is not as high, and mistakes with accuracy can result in unwanted damage,” the spokesperson said.
Full article: Beijing deploys new laser weapon for extra APEC security (Want China Times)