Updated 11:29 AM EDT, Tue, Jun 16, 2020

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Look: Chinese High-Tech Weaponry Flaunted at an Arm Fair

Check out the slate of Chinese weapons displayed at the IDEX 2017.

(Photo : YouTube) Check out the slate of Chinese weapons displayed at the IDEX 2017.

China showed off a slate of high-tech weaponry during the International Defense Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi, UAE, including S-20 attack submarines, FC-31 stealth fighter jets, and updates to laser and drone weaponry.

Poly Technologies displayed one of the most powerful laser weapons in the world, The Silent Hunter, which claims of an output of at least 50 to 70 kilowatts. This is more powerful than the 33-kW laser weapon system deployed on the USS Ponce.

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'The Silent Hunter' laser of China.
(Photo : YouTube) 'The Silent Hunter' laser of China.

'The Silent Hunter' could easily knock out cars by burning their engines from over a mile distance. It utilizes fiber optic lasers (made from rare earth minerals) and is likely to be integrated with radars to suits its optical/infrared tracking system. This makes it capable for close range defense system against enemy missiles, artillery, drones, and aircraft.

Another weapon featured is the CH-5 drone. This is the largest UCAV offered for export by China. It is equipped with a fuel-efficient turbopop engine with a 4,400-mile range and 60-hour flight time (soon to upgrade to 12,000 miles and 120 hours of flight). It is also designed to carry a ton of weapons and its communication systems permit its controller to use the plane as a relay station to control other drones.

A tracked unmanned ground vehicle, weighing around 50 to 100 tons, was also presented. It is armed with a forward firing machine gun.

Other conventional ground vehicles were displayed for sale, including the 52-ton VT-4 tank, which is a downgrade version of the heavy ZTZ-99A tank. It could fire 125mm armor-piercing and guided munitions and can be fitted with an active protection system to destroy enemy missiles targeting the tank. The PLZ-52 self-propelled howitzer could shoot at an extended range 155mm shell to a range of 62 miles, together with more conventional munitions to a maximum range between 32 and 37 miles.

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