Posted July 2, 2018 10:00 am by Comments

By Chris Eger

U.S. Navy sailors train with an LA9-P laser dazzler from the bridge wing of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) during a live-fire exercise in 2017. Several companies in China are reportedly developing beefier systems, with one AK-47-sized unit said to be capable of carbonizing humans out to 800 meters. (Photo: U.S. Navy)
A report over the weekend warns that Chinese-based companies are in an arms race to deploy deadly laser weapons that are man-portable.
The South China Morning Post, a large Hong Kong English-language newspaper, said the AK-47-sized ZKZM-500 laser rifle is able to “instantly carbonize” human tissue, set a person on fire, and make them feel “pain beyond endurance” at ranges reaching some 800 meters.
Built by ZKZM Laser, the weapon, expected to cost about $15,000 when it reaches production, is powered by a “rechargeable lithium battery pack similar to those found in smartphones” and could fire some 1,000 shots, each lasting about two seconds.
Some in the West are already raising the BS flag.
“There’s just no way that a laser powered by a lithium-ion battery that a person could carry would be capable of producing the kind of heat described at point-blank range, let alone at 800 meters,”


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