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China has developed a new portable laser weapon that can zap a target from nearly a kilometre away, according to researchers involved in the project.The ZKZM-500 laser assault rifle is classified as being "non-lethal" but produces an energy beam that cannot be seen by the naked eye but can pass through windows and cause the "instant carbonisation" of human skin and tissues.Ten years ago its capabilities would have been the preserve of sci-fi films, but one laser weapons scientist said the new device is able to "burn through clothes in a split second … If the fabric is flammable, the whole person will be set on fire".
"instant carbonisation" of human skin and tissues
The beam is powerful enough to burn through a gas tank and ignite the fuel storage facility in a military airport.
Because the laser has been tuned to an invisible frequency, and it produces absolutely no sound, "nobody will know where the attack came from. It will look like an accident,"