China showed the weapon of the future: laser rifle ZKZM-500

In July, the media reported that a sample was created in China weapons of the future - a laser assault rifle ZKZM-500, which has already been dubbed the "laser AK-47". The new development of Chinese designers weighs less than a Kalashnikov assault rifle - about three kilograms and is capable of effectively hitting targets at a distance of up to 800 meters.

The fact that portable compact laser weapons, which can set fire to a target from a long distance, has ceased to be the subject of fantastic books and films, becoming a weapon from the real world, was written by journalists from the South China Morning Post. New portable laser weapons can hit targets from a distance. At the same time, the presented laser rifle ZKZM-500 is declared as a non-lethal weapon. It is assumed that the first samples of the new weapons will be available to Chinese law enforcement officers.

The novelty was designed at the Siansky Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (XIOPM). Manufacturing prototypes of new weapons involved the company ZKZM Laser Company. This Chinese technology company is part of the XIOPM Institute. At the moment, the company is looking for a partner for the production of a laser rifle ZKZM-500 under license or a partner in the defense industry to organize a full-fledged high-volume production of weapons. The estimated price of new items is quite high - about 100 thousand Yuan (about 15 thousand US dollars per set). If you believe the publications of the Chinese media, the new weapon is ready to be launched into mass production and can be put into service by the anti-terrorist units of the People’s Armed Police of China (part of the country's armed forces performing the role of internal troops). Taking into account the specifics of the novelty, the ZKZM-500 rifle is not intended for export deliveries, it is a product exclusively for the power and military structures of the PRC.

The creators of the laser rifle talk about its non-lethality. In this case, the novelty works in a range that is not available to the human eye. The laser beam can not be seen, which ensures the secrecy of the use of new weapons. The developers note that the laser beam will be able to penetrate through the windows, causing "instant charring" of human skin and tissues. According to one of the developers, in a fraction of a second the laser beam can penetrate through the victim's clothes and, if the latter is capable of ignition, it will simply light up. A researcher who participated in the design and conduct of field tests of a laser rifle, noted that “pain will be unbearable for a person.”

It is quite obvious that this rifle will be able to blind a person, depriving him of his vision and damaging the retina. It should be noted here that the UN prohibits the use of this type of weapon. This is an additional protocol (Protocol IV) to the Convention on the prohibition or restriction of the use of specific types of conventional weapons that may be considered to cause excessive damage or have indiscriminate effects. This protocol prohibits the use of laser weapons that are specifically designed for use in hostilities exclusively or including in order to cause permanent blindness to the organs of vision of a person who does not use optical instruments, that is, unprotected organs of vision. This convention and protocol was signed by more than 100 states, including Russia. In our country, the protocol was ratified in 1999 year.

The media also listed the main technical characteristics of the ZKZM-500 laser rifle: the weight is on the order of 3 kg, the maximum firing range is 800 meters, the caliber of the weapon is 15 mm. True, what exactly is meant by the caliber of a laser rifle is not entirely clear (diameter of the mirror of the optical resonator, diameter of the working body, or something else?). It is known that a laser rifle is driven by a replaceable rechargeable lithium battery, the capacity of which is enough to make more than 1000 shots with a duration of no more than two seconds each. It is possible to install weapons on various vehicles: cars, helicopters, boats.

Prototype laser rifle ZKZM-500

Work on the creation of a compact laser rifle ZKZM-500 conducted in the mode of high secrecy. For this reason, all the technical details or design features of the novelty are not disclosed. According to Wang Ziming of the Research Center for Laser Physics and Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in the past few years, technical advances have made it possible to create compact and at the same time powerful laser devices. The jump in this area is comparable with the development of modern mobile communication devices. Previously developed similar laser rifles required either prolonged irradiation of the target to be hit, or the production of several shots, while only very large laser installations requiring powerful and bulky power sources could hit the target in one short “shot”. In this regard, the ZKZM-500 rifle, if it really corresponds to the voiced characteristics, can be considered a real breakthrough in the field of creating laser weapons.

At present, it is already known in which cases and situations the Chinese are counting on using their novelty. For example, a laser rifle can be used in anti-terrorist operations, the release of hostages. You can fire at targets located outside the windows, the weapon will allow you to temporarily neutralize opponents in order to allow the assault groups to approach. In addition, the "laser AK-47" can be used when conducting secret military operations that require secrecy. The laser beam has enough power to set fire to the gas tank or fuel storage at a military airfield. Since the laser used is not visible to the human eye, and the weapon itself does not produce any noise, guarding the object will not be able to determine where the attack is coming from, and the sabotage that occurred can be regarded as an accident. At the same time, Chinese scientists fear that their development due to its qualities, in particular its secrecy of use, may become a tasty prey for terrorists and criminal elements of all stripes, which is why weapons are planned to be used inside the PRC, the export of this development is not considered.

In China, the new development is positioned as a non-lethal weapon, that is, such a weapon that is not capable of causing fatal damage when hit by a person. For this reason, claims in the press that the ZKZM-500 laser rifle can literally turn a person into “coal” seem to be untenable. At least, the Chinese themselves are focusing on non-lethal scenarios for the use of new items, for example, when dispersing demonstrations and unauthorized rallies. Among other things, it is noted that with the help of a laser rifle it will be possible to set fire to the banners and flags of the protesters from a sufficiently long distance, and the laser will also be able to light the clothes or hair of the instigators of the unrest. However, such a use of laser weapons is in doubt in the Chinese security forces themselves. One of the officers of the Chinese people's militia noted that with such a use of a rifle, a sufficiently high increase in the occurrence of panic and turning a peaceful protest into large-scale street riots is possible. It is for this reason that it is preferable to use other non-lethal means that are more traditional: rubber bullets, stun guns, irritant gas, etc.

China showed the weapon of the future: laser rifle ZKZM-500
Laser rifle WJG-2002, which is already used by Chinese security forces

It is worth noting that the ZKZM-500 laser rifle is not the only Chinese development in the field of creating compact laser weapons. Earlier in the press also appeared information that the Chinese company Chengdu Hengan Police Equipment Manufacturing, a major supplier of various equipment for law enforcement agencies of the PRC, announced the release of laser machine guns. Then it was claimed that the novelty could be effectively used at a distance of up to 500 meters and would be able to make several hundred shots on one battery charge.

In China, as in the United States and in Russia, work on various models of laser weapons is being carried out consistently. In 2015, China sent about two billion yuan to create a compact, but powerful laser weapon. This amount was unprecedented for this area of ​​research, the amount of funding caused concern in Washington and Western countries. In recent years, the US military, who are stationed at military sites in strategic areas in the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean, are increasingly complaining about cases of unknown laser exposure from Chinese ships, sometimes looking like simple fishing boats or military bases.

In June 2018, the Pentagon reported on the fixation of 20 cases when lasers were used against American pilots during Pacific flights. According to representatives of the American Defense Ministry, the last such case was recorded in early June of this year. In the United States, the Chinese military suspected of wanting to blind the US military. In response to this statement, Geng Shuang, representing the Chinese Foreign Ministry, called such statements "fabricated and completely unfounded."

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  1. +7
    22 August 2018 06: 08
    So on Ali Express, the new product will appear soon!
    1. +2
      22 August 2018 07: 03
      "The export of this development is not provided" so the alibaba, for now, does not shine, if only in a toy version ...
      But in general it seems to me that this is "too good to be true." How blinding - it is very likely ... but to set fire to clothes and burn skin ... yes, 800 meters ... is this how much power should be applied at the entrance?
      1. 0
        23 August 2018 12: 24
        there everything rests on the diameter of the beam and the area of ​​the spot. if the beam is thin enough, then power can be planted considerable. The only question is how will this weapon behave in conditions of smoke or fog?
        1. +2
          23 August 2018 17: 45
          Quote: TarIK2017
          The only question is how will this weapon behave in conditions of smoke or fog?

          Under these conditions, it is impossible to hit the target from conventional weapons.
          But most of all, it is outrageous that Russia in 99 joined the Protocol IV) of the Convention on the Prohibition of Blinding Weapons. The cynicism of the situation is simply transcendental, especially if we consider countries that have not yet destroyed chemical weapons, use ammunition with uranium filling and phosphorus.
        2. 0
          16 October 2018 12: 59
          And WE HAVE CONSTANTLY EVERYWHERE FOG AND LIGHTING ... finally sticks out in the hollow all stoked wassat Dazh laser now have nowhere to wave the Jedi fellow
    2. +4
      22 August 2018 08: 12
      Sentry, Chinese hooligans deprive of sight !!! belay
      1. 0
        23 August 2018 11: 14
        And if, for example, I take a sheet of iron torn from the roof, then everything, the laser machine gun does not channel? Can they boil a kettle? And if you go hunting with him, will he set fire to ducks right in the air?
        1. 0
          April 3 2021 12: 18
          Then the sheet of iron will be heated ... At the point of impact there is more, around it less ... But it will cool down quickly.
          Teapot? You can, but for a long time ...
          Ducks? If you hit it, local fire of feathers is possible ... A burning duck ... But you are an entertainer, however ...
  2. +13
    22 August 2018 06: 58
    The case of engineer hyperboloid Garin lives ... For some reason, the truth is not in the homeland of the laser, which stands up with Skolkovo and the red head of nanotechnology, but in China, where there is a real death penalty for theft of budget money.
    "Accident? I don't think so"
    1. -2
      22 August 2018 07: 50
      Quote: Michael HORNET
      I don't think "

      In China, there are also real terms of imprisonment. For example, for posts like yours. laughing
    2. -8
      22 August 2018 09: 50
      In the Russian Federation, too, such developments are just do something wise
      1. +3
        23 August 2018 11: 05
        Quote: Fungus
        In the Russian Federation, too, such developments are just do something wise

        Apparently walking
        1. 0
          25 August 2018 10: 55
          Quote: Vol4ara
          Apparently walking
          ,rather yes than no. laughing But it’s not clear why they admire the executions, but categorically against landing for posts on the network. laughing
    3. +1
      23 August 2018 21: 46
      Quote: Michael HORNET
      The case of engineer hyperboloid Garin lives ... For some reason, the truth is not in the homeland of the laser, which stands up with Skolkovo and the red head of nanotechnology, but in China, where there is a real death penalty for theft of budget money.
      "Accident? I don't think so"

      - an obvious article for "inciting hatred towards the social group" officials ""
      - calls for mass disorder
      - insult on the principle of separation by hair color.
  3. +1
    22 August 2018 07: 08
    The Chinese "modulator" from Ali-Express drives .. BUT ... If there are serious developments, then blind the enemy is very even (for a minute) serious.
    1. 0
      23 August 2018 21: 47
      Quote: tracer
      The Chinese "modulator" from Ali-Express drives .. BUT ... If there are serious developments, then blind the enemy is very even (for a minute) serious.
      - very much??? Instant retinal burning. Almost total blindness with that eye, where only a little shines.
  4. +2
    22 August 2018 07: 14
    What is the target that the "rifle" hits at a distance of 800 m? How different is it from a powerful laser pointer? Body and battery?
    1. 0
      23 August 2018 21: 48
      Quote: Efgen
      What is the target that the "rifle" hits at a distance of 800 m? How different is it from a powerful laser pointer? Body and battery?
      - nothing.
    2. 0
      April 3 2021 12: 31
      I guess there are differences.
      A constant pointer beam is one thing ...
      And impulse ...
      Probably there are capacitors in a hefty case, and the "light bulb" is written from them, and not from the battery. Accordingly, the power per pulse is orders of magnitude higher.
      But then the number of shots is limited by the number of capacitors and the time they are fully charged from the battery.
  5. +2
    22 August 2018 08: 11
    Yeah. They already showed a hyper-pulse generator ... wassat
  6. +4
    22 August 2018 08: 49
    Yeah, this fake has come and this summer has not passed to this site)
  7. +9
    22 August 2018 08: 55
    A well-focused laser pointer 1-2 W causes pain on the skin anywhere from one meter per 2-3 seconds. The spot size is somewhere 1x3 mm (diode lasers have a very poor focusing capability - multimode, large area of ​​the radiator). If you focus on a narrow point (0,5 mm) in 10-15 cm from the exit of the beam, then the pain is instantaneous, like from a needle prick.
    The Chinese rifle most likely uses a fiber-optic or solid-state laser with a diode-pumped IR range. The efficiency of modern lasers reaches 50%. The relatively large dimensions of the rifle (as compared to the pointer, where the optics are 5-7 mm in diameter) will allow you to make normal focusing optics.
    The power source (as an example) is a battery with high-current 550W / 2,3 batteries. -
    An industrial company can make it easier.

    Those. theoretically, the output can produce radiation of the order of 250 watts. In fact, it is likely that much less 50 W, maximum 100 W. Indirectly, the 500 digit may indicate power consumption. With the overall efficiency of the 10-20% system, it will be the 50-100 W.

    In general, it is theoretically possible to realize, and what they did in practice, and how it will show itself is unknown.

    By the way, the fact that he (the laser) is not visible to the eyes does not mean that video cameras or night vision devices will not see him.
    1. 0
      April 3 2021 12: 35
      1 and if used through capacitors? Battery - capacitor package - laser. Perhaps even more powerful.
      Beam 2 will leave a trail of heated air visible through the thermal imager.
  8. +1
    22 August 2018 10: 00
    So it is already fifth laser model, BBQ-905, WJG-2002, PY131A, PY132A were previously presented. what We listen to video 1-22
  9. 0
    22 August 2018 10: 10
    We are going to install laser "machine guns" on armored vehicles. For unarmored targets, the advantages are obvious.
    1. +2
      22 August 2018 13: 45
      Quote: voyaka uh
      We are going to install laser "machine guns" on armored vehicles. For unarmored targets, the advantages are obvious.

      Laser and machine gun are incompatible terms.
      It's time to come up with military terminology - something like:
      easel pulsed laser
      assault pulsed laser
      individual pulsed laser
      1. 0
        22 August 2018 14: 38

      2. 0
        22 August 2018 16: 48
        Yes. This is a tight comparison. Let's just say: instead of a machine gun, they want to mount a laser.
        1. 0
          25 August 2018 10: 59
          Quote: voyaka uh
          Let's just say: instead of a machine gun, they want to mount a laser.

          Isn't that
          Quote: voyaka uh
          tight comparison

          Best regards hi
    2. +1
      23 August 2018 11: 01
      In 1983, the NPO Astrophysics commissioned the Sanguin complex, which provides counteraction to optoelectronic devices for air targets. A distinctive feature of the Sanguin complex from previously developed products was the fact that the “Shot Resolution System” (SRV) was first developed and created and direct directing of a combat laser (without large-sized guidance mirrors) at the ECO of a complex target was ensured.

      The serial ZSU "Shilka" was used as a basis, but instead of four 23-mm assault rifles it had a special complex of two, probably lasers. The one that is higher, together with the receiver, provided accurate guidance to the enemy's optical systems, after which the lower, large laser "fired".

      Thus, the combat work had to take place in three stages: first, the target was detected by the radar of the "Dome" or "Assembly" type, then the ZSU turret was deployed in the indicated direction and the target was searched for with its own radar sight, and then at the target that was captured the laser system groped for vulnerable spots - lenses of all optics.

      The complex consistently solved the problems of selecting real ECOs on a mobile helicopter and their functional defeat (at ranges of more than 10 km - blinding the ECO for tens of minutes, and at ranges less than 8-10 km - irreversible destruction of optical receivers). Probably - such a fate awaits not only a weapon guidance system, but also say all kinds of night vision devices and thermal imagers - the automation will jump on any lens.

      Unfortunately, it is likely that this complex would be ineffective against systems with radar guidance such as Hellfire-Longbow, and its applicability in difficult weather conditions raises many doubts. But the fact that the idea is extremely interesting is undoubtedly. Such a machine could very well complement (say, one laser system per battery) the existing Tunguska-type air defense systems and the promising Pantsir. Not all ATGMs have radar guidance, and to cut into the missile seeker (optical or infrared range) - it would be the most.

      PS I must say that the phrase "put into service" is embarrassing - the fate of the complex is not clear. Have they been put into service? Unknown ...

      We are going to install laser "machine guns" on armored vehicles. .. (Voyaka uh)
  10. +6
    22 August 2018 11: 38
    The rifle is great! Swirling photons, they will fly much more precisely!
  11. +1
    22 August 2018 13: 00
    For a hare and a duck. In the meantime, falls. you can cook.
  12. 0
    22 August 2018 14: 20
    Many of which weapons were positioned as "non-lethal". We are waiting for news like "The first death from a ray gun" ...
  13. 0
    22 August 2018 14: 34
    I beg you ... and smoke grenades?
  14. 0
    22 August 2018 15: 29
    The author should be more careful in the analysis of sources. The Chinese "Morning Mail" - an authoritative publication, of course, but no less "authoritative" Big Think, TechCrunch and the more respectable C 4 ISRNET declared this entire Chinese "presentation" complete nonsense.
  15. +2
    22 August 2018 22: 33
    When I went to kindergarten 50 years ago, I also had such a machine. Dad cut the board! soldier
    1. +2
      23 August 2018 03: 44
      I am sure that he shot no worse.
  16. +2
    23 August 2018 04: 56
    For the first time I learned about laser weapons back in my school years from the magazine "Military Foreigner"! It was about an American laser gun of the early 60s of the last century ...

    It is in vain to reproach the engineers and the military that they hesitated about the use of lasers for military purposes only after Lukasov's epic Star Wars. No. Here, take a look: an American laser rifle of the early 60s (in 1964 it already got into an open magazine). Laser weapons in a wearable format. The built-in battery weighing 10 kg (not counting the weapon itself) was enough for 10000 shots, and the effective firing range reached 1500m. Great, huh? Yes, if you do not specify what the authors of the weapon meant by "efficiency".
  17. 0
    23 August 2018 08: 23
    Wow her !!! A fallout is more real and real =))))
  18. 0
    23 August 2018 11: 21
    Something that’s painfully dimensional, for non-flying. A laser from an ordinary dividend cutter produces comparable power, and in size, along with batteries no more than a flashlight. There are a lot of videos on this topic on YouTube. So either the Chinese openly lie about non-lethality, or this is generally fake news.
  19. 0
    15 January 2022 14: 41
    The most interesting application is the fight against hunting pests - crows, dogs, uncastrated cats. Noiseless operation and a decent range compared to MK weapons, plus if you miss, the beam will scatter in the sky, unlike a bullet falling from above.

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