Apache attack helicopters are outfitted with laser systems to defend against missiles. Photo: AFP
Apache attack helicopters are outfitted with laser systems to defend against missiles. Photo: AFP
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Chinese military invents smart shield designed to make laser weapons useless

  • Metallic film prevents missiles from being blinded by defence systems while maintaining clear view of targets, researchers say
  • Experiments suggest vanadium coating could deflect 90 per cent of a beam’s energy, reducing sharp glare to small bright spot, according to paper

Apache attack helicopters are outfitted with laser systems to defend against missiles. Photo: AFP
Apache attack helicopters are outfitted with laser systems to defend against missiles. Photo: AFP
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