A reader sends me this link to the Taipei Times. It seems that Taiwanese intel thinks China has developed a laser cannon capable of hitting the nation from the mainland.
Intelligence shows that the laser cannon might be able to paralyze the command and control systems of the military which are concentrated in the western parts of the country.
In response, the military has requested a NT$1 billion fund for preparations against potential laser attacks from China in the future.
Let me guess. The company that analyzes the intel is owned by the same guys that own the company that builds anti-laser defenses.
They aren’t sure if the weapon is operational or not.
“One version goes that the weapon is still under development. Another is that the weapon has already been deployed across the Taiwan Strait and that there are around 20 units in service,” the official said.
“We tend to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. We would rather believe that China has already developed such a weapon and that we should start making preparations as soon as possible,” he said.
“He” is an unnamed defense official. If I were Taiwan, I’d watch “him” to make sure he doesn’t get named to the board of directors of the primary beneficiaries of the NT$1 billion fund after suddenly retiring in six months to a year.
A google turns up no other leads (well, okay, a story about Miss Ireland–but I don’t think it’s related) so MO is writing this one off.
Of course, you remember the rumor of the Chinese “supertank” last May. Take a look at my estimate of the “supertank’s” configuration and note what the main armament appears to be. Hmmm.