China now has ability to intercept ICBMs

Cheng Yong and assistants in protection suits. Photo by Li Hao

Cheng Yong and assistants in protection suits. Photo by Li Hao

The following is based on translations of reports on Chinese news sites:

China’s Science and Technology Daily magazine reports that China has now developed the capacity to intercept ICBMs.

It has published a report of China’s advances in laser technology, spearheaded by China’s top laser scientist Cheng Yong’s, which have enabled the interception by Chinese military.

The report says that Cheng Yong and his team have been making breakthroughs in strategic technology vital to the development of photoelectric equipment such as adjust-free laser, DLC film prepared by laser deposition and coherent combination of mutual injection, etc.

Cheng has tackled problems that even US experts find difficult, including making the world’s first adjustment-free solid laser.

In 2000, Cheng found that China’s infrared window, the eye of China’s large weapon for interception, was not hard enough to resist injury or chemically stable enough to resist erosion, and it became “blind” under hypersonic speed.

To remedy this, he spent four years developing DLC film prepared by laser deposition.

The film was used in China’s new ICBM defence missile to increase its speed by 30%. In 2011, the missile successfully passed a test to intercept an ICBM in mid course.

Foreign media call the new missile Hongqi-19.

Contributed by “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” – Author of “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” and “Space Era Strategy” – Also English/Chinese translation service

Source: Science and Technology Daily “Brave people fear nothing pioneering in photoelectric technology: True story of Chengyong, director of Photoelectric Research Institute of Armament Cadet School, and his team’s creation in scientific research” and “China’s special infrared window able to raise the speed of Hongqi-19 missile defense missile by 30%” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the reports in Chinese)


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