Laser shooting rifles are common weapons in sci-fi movies, but now a Chinese firm actually wants to make them a reality. According to recent reports, Xian Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics claims to be developing a laser rifle dubbed as the ZKZM-500, which can shoot a target from a point blank range of 800 meters.
The ZKZM-500 is said to weigh as much the AK-47 at 3 kilos, and is powered by a lithium battery that the company claims can fire more than 1,000 laser shots that can last up to 2 seconds each. While the laser is described by the company as non-lethal, a researcher from the company was quoted by the South China Morning Post saying that it can cause pain beyond endurance. It can burn through skin and also ignite flammable objects instantly.
Because the laser is invisible and does not make any sound, the ZKZM-500’s best case scenario is touted to be hostage situations, and other covert operations. It would be impossible for the target to understand what’s happening before feeling the excruciating amount of pain from the laser beam.
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According to the report from South China Morning Post, the gun is ready for development and the company is currently looking for investors and a manufacturing partner. If everything goes according to plan, the company will be manufacturing the gun for $15000 (approximately Rs 10,30,000) a piece. It will be supplying its first unit of rifles to the anti-terrorism squads in the Chinese Armed Police.