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Chinese Scientists Develop ‘Star Wars’ Lasers That Can Burn Targets Within Half A Mile

Monday 02/July/2018 - 10:02 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
Chinese scientists say they have developed a prototype of a portable laser weapon called the ZKZM-500، which can emit beams invisible to the naked eye، as the Tech Times said.

The beams of the weapon can penetrate windows and can burn human skin and tissues. The weapon weighs 6.6 pounds and can be as big as an AK-47.

It can be assembled on top of cars، planes، and boats. It is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery packs like those powering smartphones.

The ZKZM-500 can fire 1،000 imperceptible laser beams that can last for two seconds. One of the scientists who developed the weapon said the lasers can burn through clothes in a split second.

Wang Zhimin، associate researcher at the Research Center for Laser Physics and Technology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and who is not involved in the development، noted that laser weapons similar to ZKZM-500 used to be far-fetched. High advanced technological revolution، however، made such weapons no longer a science fiction at present.

The Chinese government categorized the ZKZM-500 as a "non-lethal" weapon. However، a researcher who was involved in the weapon's development but refused to be named said that if targets are wearing flammable clothing، the weapon can set them to fire، burning their entire bodies

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