Several years of research in China have led to the development of a long range laser that can do incredible damage. However, the weapon in question has been classified as “non lethal”.
The news was reported in an article in the South China Morning Post on the 2nd July 2018. The publication in question indicated that the new laser ZKZM-500, which will soon be carried by the local police, can “pass through windows and cause the “instant carbonisation” of human skin and tissues.”
The weapon will also be capable of ‘carbonising’ a person, or at least a person wearing flammable clothes. The machine, manufactured by the Xi’an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics, is also frightening in that it can reach a target one kilometer away!
Although the laser gun ZKZM-500 has been classed as a non-lethal weapon, it is in fact a very serious contender. In fact, it is a 15 calibre weapon that weighs 3 kg, the same as an AK47! Its lithium battery allows for a thousand shots, each lasting 2 seconds. It can be mounted on various vehicles.
While other weapons have also been developed – such as a laser machine gun made by the Chengdu Hengan Police Equipment Manufacturing Company – the ZKZM-500 laser is due to be produced on a large scale to kit out the police and anti-terrorist units. It should however be borne in mind that in the long term, it is a question of supplying the army, which appears absurd for a weapon deemed to be non-lethal.
In terms of its applications, the South China Morning Post have suggested covert military operations such as the secret destruction of fuel reserves, or for use against protesters. It suggests that it could also be used to injure opposition leaders during public speeches.