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China Says It Has a Laser Gun For Blasting Drones Out of the Sky

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Unlicensed drones spying on China better watch out because the People's Republic reportedly has a super terrifying laser weapon designed to blast small aircraft out of the sky.

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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.

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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]

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AdmiralAkbar
AdmiralAkbar

If it has a range of 1.2 miles, why is it only effective against objects flying up to 1600ft? Also, what flies at only 111mph?