IT’S small. It's nimble. It’s doing strange things over our heads. And Russia's new Kosmos 2521 satellite has the potential to bring the world’s economy to its knees.“We don’t know for certain what it is and there is no way to verify it,” State Department assistant secretary Yleem Poblete told a conference this week. “But Russian intentions with respect to this satellite are unclear and are obviously a very troubling development — particularly, when considered in concert with statements by Russia’s Space Force Commander.”She said its manoeuvres indicated it could be an anti-satellite weapon.And this has dire implications: Vital services such as the internet, television, telephone and GPS all rely on satellites. As does a swath of other services — such as weather forecasting and firefighting.“In October of last year the Russian Ministry of Defense deployed a space object they claimed was a ‘space apparatus … [Read more...] about Russian satellite’s weird orbit spooks US
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A Chinese gun-maker has shared a video of its 'laser AK-47' which it claims can cause 'pain beyond endurance' in a bid to silence sceptics. The strange new footage appears to show people using the Star Wars-like weapon to set fire to targets on a rooftop from several hundred metres away. Sources say the weapon weighs around the same as an AK-47 (three kilos, or 6.6lbs) and has a range of 800 metres (0.5 miles). Experts are not convinced by the Chinese company's claims its laser-powered weapon can fire beams up to a kilometre and 'burn through clothes in a split second'. The prototype ZKZM-500 was developed Xian Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shaanxi province according to an article by the South China Morning Post. One scientist involved with the project told the publication the weapon would 'burn through clothes in a split second … If the fabric is flammable, the whole person will be set on fire.' The company behind the weapon, … [Read more...] about Chinese gun-maker shares strange video of laser-firing AK-47
The company behind a so-called 'laser AK-47' have released footage of the weapon being used on a firing range in a bid to dispel questions about the viability of the weapon. The ZKZM-500 laser assault rifle is said to produce an energy beam that cannot be seen by naked eye but could cause "instant carbonation" of human skin and tissue. The Chinese developers said the futuristic weapon was powered by a rechargeable lithium battery pack similar to those found in smartphones and could fire more than 1,000 “shots”, each lasting no more than two seconds, reports the South China Morning Post. However doubts were soon raised about the facts with scientists saying statements about it being able to “burn through clothes in a split second” from a distance "remained in the realm of science fiction". “Such a laser may prove incapable of even popping a balloon,” one report on industry news website TechCrunch said. “There’s just no way that a laser … [Read more...] about “Laser AK-47” developed by Chinese developer tested on firing range
LASER weapons sound like the stuff of science fiction films, but they may be more real than you think. Here's what you need to know about the futuristic weapons, including what China's secretly been developing... Do laser weapons exist? The latest evidence that laser weapons are being used by armed forces comes from China. Researchers say the ZKZM-500 can "instantly carbonise" human skin and tissues, set a person on fire and make them feel "pain beyond endurance". A laser weapons scientist said the device was able to "burn through clothes in a split second… if the fabric is flammable, the South China Morning Post reported. The weapon weighs three kilos - about the same as an AK-47 - has a range of almost 1,000 yards and can be mounted on vehicles. Does Russia have laser weapons? It sounds like something that shoots out the Death Star, but laser weapons are used by the military, with Moscow first trying to develop one in the 1980s. Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov … [Read more...] about Do laser weapons exist, what are China’s laser assault rifles and are they in use by military?
News / UK by Press Association 11/04/2018, 2:50 pm Updated: 11/04/2018, 3:14 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter In the wake of an alleged gas attack on Douma, a rebel-held town near the Syrian capital, Damascus, there is mounting anticipation that retaliatory military action could be waged against Bashar Assad’s government – which denies the use of chemical weapons. But if the UK does back US-led strikes in Syria, what British hardware and weaponry would be at the military’s disposal? Tornado GR4 The Tornado has been carrying out air strikes in Syria and Iraq over the past few years, and is a likely option if allied strikes against the Assad regime go ahead. Set to be retired from service next year, after almost four decades on operations, the Tornado, with a maximum speed of Mach 1.3, has also seen action in Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq. It can be loaded with a mix of weapons which include Paveway … [Read more...] about Weaponry at the British military’s disposal if strikes against Syria go ahead