China Has Developed A Star Wars-Style Laser Gun

Leroy Wright
July 4, 2018

The Morning Post pointed out that while there are no specific global protocols to regulate the development or use of this type of laser weapon, the United Nations Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons, signed by more than 100 nations in 1980, prohibits the use of those that could cause permanent loss of eyesight. Realistically, the battery alone would have to weigh several hundred pounds to provide the energy needed to fire a hot laser beam a kilometer. A unidentified scientist said the gun's beam can "burn through clothes in a split second ..."

South China Morning Post has reported that the ZKZM-500 is a laser assault rifle which mimics the lightsabre seen in Star Wars movie series. Its charge will last for more than a thousand shots, each of which can last two seconds. Weapon caliber 15 mm weighs 3 kg and has a range of 800 m. the Device can be mounted on cars, boats and airplanes. The weapon, called the ZKZM-500, is reportedly ready for mass production.

As the prototype performed as the researchers planned, the developer of the weapon ZKZM Laser has started looking for partners to initiate mass production of the rifle. For a laser like the ZKZM-500 to run off of lithium ion batteries, the power units would have to weigh as much as a motor vehicle. It is classified as non-lethal weapons.

"If the fabric is flammable, the whole person will be set on fire", they added.

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"This is no longer science fiction".

The ZKZM-500 can reportedly be used in covert military operations. Another researcher who is part of the project said on the condition of not revealing the name due to the sensitivity of the project, "Nobody will know where the attack came from". It is reported that the beam rifle, for example, may pass through the tank and ignite the fuel storage. However, there are concerns that the weapons might fall into the wrong hands, so it will be tightly regulated with the first ones being sold to the anti-terrorism squads of the Chinese Armed Police.

United States military personnel in the South China Sea and Indian Ocean have complained of being targeted by Chinese laser beams.

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