Chinese Soldiers Are Now Being Armed With Laser Guns

Saturday, 23 January 2016 - 6:53PM
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Saturday, 23 January 2016 - 6:53PM
Chinese Soldiers Are Now Being Armed With Laser Guns
It's recently been reported that Chinese soldiers are now being armed with laser guns, but not the kind most would think. It's less of a Star Wars blaster and more like the disruptor gadget Batman carries in the Arkham video games, made to blind drones, take out sensors on tanks and other military vehicles, and disable video cameras and other surveillance methods.  

An international protocol governing the use of weapons such as these called the 1998 Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons states that these weapons cannot be used on human beings. However, basically any type of vehicle, aircraft, robot, etc. are definitely still permissible targets according to the protocol, and apparently China has taken advantage of that.

These weapons do have the capabilities to blind human beings, however, so there are some worries that they could be misused, breaking the protocol referenced above. For instance, if one of these lasers is used on a manned aircraft in order to take out it's thermal imaging capabilities, it may very well take out the pilot's capabilities to see in the process.

Of course there are different models of weapons that use this technology. For example, it's apparently been integrated into a weapon called 'The Low Altitude Guard II,' which is an anti-drone weapon that also comes equipped with artillery shells, rockets, and missiles. There are also multiple models of laser rifles that can be used by infantry and special ops agents, such as the WJG-2002 and the BBQ-905 (what an appropriate name for a laser rifle: "the BBQ").      

Though it would certainly be more exciting if China was arming their soldiers with something akin to, say, Han Solo's DL-44 blaster pistol, this is still definitely a huge milestone for modern technology and modern warfare. Of course it'd be great if mankind didn't think it needed weapons to begin with, but hey, if they're going to have guns, they might as well shoot lasers, right?
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