Chinese Army Uses “Laser Guns”

Laser Guns

Some members of the Chinese Army have been equipped with laser guns by the Chinese governement. No, this isn’t Star Wars but is a real weapon based on laser light. As you may know, Laser is an acronym for LIGHT AMPLIFICATION by STIMULATED EMISSION of RADIATION.

This laser issued to the army personnel is not a weapon in the sense of blowing up an aircraft or ship, but it does refer to an intense light beam that can interfere with a radar or thermal imaging system. The laser light is capable of blinding vehicles or rendering security cameras inoperative. Laser technology is not only a means of blinding the enemy, it also helps with the targeting of weapons systems, such as missile launchers.


The PY132A has a powerful laser to blind enemy sensors and cameras.

According to the magazine Popular Science, these weapons “could potentially also shoot down enemy artillery shells, rockets and missiles.” This is reference to a future development, rather than what can currently be achieved.

The new ‘blinding’ weapons are portable and they were developed by Professor Zhi-Yuan Li of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Physics. Primarily the lasers interfere with guidance systems and disrupt aircraft of boats.

Beyond the current weapons, a future destructive laser is not that far off and it would be something very powerful: it should be able to incredibly fast, with the use of intense power (based on the heat produced from the laser), and be capable of penetrating strong metals. Such weapons would alter the way that wars are currently conducted.

Considerable military investment is going into laser weapon projects. An example in the U.S. is Boeing’s New Laser Gun. This is currently described as the Compact Laser Weapon System (LWS), and like the Chinese equivalent, it is a portable device. It can generate an energy beam of up to 10 kilowatts and reach a distance of just over 20 miles.

About the author

Tim Sandle

Dr. Tim Sandle is a chartered biologist and holds a first class honours degree in Applied Biology; a Masters degree in education; and has a doctorate from Keele University.

  • Neo Racer

    Smoke lol

    • Swantom

      you do know that lasers produce heat right?

    • DaveHolden

      The real question is how much they kick.

  • drew

    poor writing, worse editing

    • Victor Grayson

      I think you’re clearly wrong here Mr. Drew!

  • Victor Grayson

    Very interesting post; technology is developing very fast.