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China has been enhancing its arsenal of counter-terror technologies. Recently, it has developed a new counter-terrorism laser gun capable of hitting the targets within 200 meters in just one second.
Hongfeng, a company affiliated with China Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation (CASIC), first exhibited the laser gun at a counter-terrorism drill in Central China’s Hunan Province.
According to the company’s statement to globaltimes.cn, the system has a handset for aiming and a back pack containing the power supply, a remote control and laser emitter.
Compared with other types of weapons, the laser gun shoots faster and more accurately. The gun makes no sound or light when fired, Yan Azhe, one of the gun engineers, told the Global Times. It is also easy to operate because it does not recoil, and inexpensive to maintain, Yan said.
Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region also introduced terahertz security scanners for road security checks to enhance counter-terrorism efforts before the 19th CPC National Congress.
“China still faces the threat of terrorism, and we need to stay vigilant,” said Li Wei, an counter-terrorism expert at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations. He added that many Chinese companies are committed to anti-terror equipment development amid the huge demand.
During the Hunan drill, a wide array of high-end anti-terror equipment was used, such as a glove made of a special material to prevent the user from being cut or stabbed by metallic objects; a multi-functional shield to confuse terrorists with laser and noise, and an electronic shock emitter.
In April, the public security bureau of Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang, launched a mobile app which allows citizens to upload text, pictures and video to the app if they notice any activity that might pose a threat to social stability and security.