The US Navy plans to deploy its experimental laser weapon system - shown here in 2012 - on the USS Ponce later this year. Photo: AP

US lasers? PLA preparing to raise its deflector shields

Chinese scientists say they have developed protective coatings that would render weapons like the US' ship-mounted laser useless in battle

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The US Navy plans to deploy its experimental laser weapon system - shown here in 2012 - on the USS Ponce later this year. Photo: AP
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Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen investigates major research projects in China, a new power house of scientific and technological innovation. He has worked for the Post since 2006. He is an alumnus of Shantou University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Semester at Sea programme which he attended with a full scholarship from the Seawise Foundation.