Chinese researchers at the Xi’an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics claim to have designed a new compact laser weapon that can hit targets up to 800 meters away..
The ZKZM-500 laser assault rifle is not considered lethal, but generates an invisible energy beam that can pass through glass and damage human skin and tissues. The device burns clothes in a few seconds, and if it hits the body, the pain will be unbearable. The 15mm weapon weighs 3 kilograms and can be attached to a car, boat or aircraft.
Exterior design of ZKZM-500
The project is ready for serial production, and it is expected that the first samples will be received by Chinese anti-terrorist units. A laser rifle will be able to quietly neutralize or distract criminals through windows while other units storm the building. It can also be used to set fire to the fuel storage..
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ZKZM-500 operates absolutely silently and is powered by a lithium battery. The charge is enough for 1000 shots for 2 seconds. The prime cost will be about $ 15 thousand, but the institute is still looking for partners who have a license to manufacture weapons for the government. The technical documentation has already been published on the website of the Chinese National Security Service.
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text: Ivan Malichenko, photo: CNET, South China Morning Post