Xinhua, the state press agency of the People’s Republic of China, has announced a successfully test of a homemade laser defense system. The news release claims the following parameters:
Potential targets: small UAVs
Range: 2 km
Target Altitude: 500 m
Target Speed: up to 50 m/sec
Engagement time: 5 sec
Successful hit rate (30 targets): 100%
Analysts of Market Research Media, a think tank behind the recent market report High Energy Military Laser Market Forecast 2017-2022, have been skeptical about Chinese claims. “We believe that Xinhua’s news release is the PR stint trying to counterbalance the very real US advancement in military use of high energy laser systems. Currently US holds technological lead. Neither Chinese, nor Russians have the right mix of mature technological solutions”, says senior analyst of Market Research Media.