China Says it Has a Laser Gun for Blasting Drones Out of the Sky

By Mario Aguilar on at

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

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 1,600 feet (488m) 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. Pics or it didn't happen, China. [Guardian]