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Airshow China 2018: CASIC’s LW-30 laser weapon system breaks cover

09 November 2018

The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) unveiled its LW-30 road-mobile, laser weapon system at the 6–11 November Airshow China 2018 defence exhibition in Zhuhai.

CASIC unveiled its LW-30 road-mobile, laser-based weapon system at the Airshow China 2018 defence exhibition in Zhuhai. (Nikolai Novichkov)CASIC unveiled its LW-30 road-mobile, laser-based weapon system at the Airshow China 2018 defence exhibition in Zhuhai. (Nikolai Novichkov)

The system, which is intended for engaging aerial platforms and precision-guided weapons, comprises a 6×6 tactical truck upon which a 30 kW laser-based weapon is installed on a remotely controlled weapon station. The laser-armed truck forms part of an overall system that includes a radar unit and a support vehicle.

At Airshow China 2018, however, the company displayed only the LW-30 laser-armed truck.

“The laser can be used to target unmanned aerial vehicles, the electro-optics of high-precision weapons, various aircraft, and guided missiles,” a CASIC representative told Jane’s , pointing out that the deployment of this “accurate” system, which is still undergoing testing, “reduces collateral damage”.

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