China announces new anti-satellite laser tech

Researchers at China’s National University of Defence Technology say they’ve developed a new cooling system that allows laser weapons to fire indefinitely without overheating, with possible use against satellites.

Are laser weapons a thing now? Yes, but not in the Death Star sense (yet). Militaries in the US, Israel, and elsewhere have developed laser systems to intercept small airborne targets, but their use is still pretty limited.

So China says its new breakthrough could be a game changer, by:

  • ⏰ Extending engagement times
  • 🚀 Increasing range and damage, and
  • 💸 Reducing costs.

Intrigue’s take: We generally take these kinds of big futuristic claims with enough salt to make the Dead Sea jealous.

But China has form here: it made another intriguing laser announcement last year. And we’ve written often about how rapidly the future seems to be bearing down upon us. It just may not always be the future we want.

Also worth noting:

  • Israel’s Iron Beam laser weapon could be integrated into its Iron Dome defence system by 2025.
Latest Author Articles
The geopolitical risks for the world’s top 10 brands

We’re normally pretty suspicious of anyone who substitutes their ‘s’ with a ‘z’ to look cool, but we’ll give the UK-based ‘Kantar BrandZ Report 2024’ a pass (or is it ‘pasz’?).

13 June, 2024
Norway’s sovereign wealth fund to vote against biggest pay package in history for Tesla CEO Musk

Norway’s $1.6T wealth fund announced on Saturday it’ll vote against a $56B pay package for Tesla CEO Elon Musk ahead of this week’s shareholder meeting.

11 June, 2024
Major parliamentary election kicks off to shape EU’s future

380 million eligible voters across the EU’s 27 members start voting today (Thursday) to choose the next European Parliament.

6 June, 2024
China’s Shein to switch from New York to London IPO?

Shein, China’s fast-fashion colossus, is reportedly set to file for a London listing as soon as this week, though the timeline for the actual float isn’t yet clear. The brand, which gained popularity in recent years by selling hyper-cheap and hyper-trendy clothes online, is aiming to sell $1.3B in shares at a valuation of ~$64B.

4 June, 2024