China May Have A Laser Weapon

China may have a laser weapon, similar in concept to the
United States’ air-borne laser (ABL), which they can and may be
deploying near Taiwan, in addition to their buildup of short range
ballistic missiles.

The Taipei Times cites Taiwanese defense
sources that the laser cannon, with a range over 100km—again,
comparable to the ABL—has been deployed in Fujian Province facing
Taiwan, and that it could be used to disable military command and
control systems. One defense official, however, noted that the cannon
may only still be in development: “We tend to hope for the best but
prepare for the worst. We would rather believe that China has already
developed such a weapon and that we should start making preparations as
soon as possible.” The Times notes that the United States and Israel
have developed laser weapons—the ABL and the Tactical High Energy Laser
(THEL)—but these are used as anti-missile defense systems. It is,
however, plausible that the Chinese system is designed to have an
anti-missile defense capability.