The Guardian reports that China's state-run media "unveiled" the new laser, which China says has a range of 1.2 miles and can take down a target within five seconds. The laser weapon is effective against targets at 1600 feet in the air flying up to 111 mph. That sounds mighty menacing.
Trotting the weapon out is obviously supposed to make spying and prying eyes think twice before flying over China. But it's not technology we've never seen before: Over a year ago, we watched a demonstration of the US Navy blasting a drone out of the sky with a laser. Where's your video, China? Pics or it didn't happen. [The Guardian]