The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy Type 052D Luyang III-class destroyer Hohhot fired a weapons-grade laser at a US P-8A reconnaissance aircraft in the Philippine Sea last month.
It’s the first time we saw it happen from that type of PLA ship,” he said, adding, “We do have protective gear onboard for our pilots, and importantly they’re also trained to deal with it.
The US Navy warned China on social media after one of the Asian nation’s warships fired a military-grade laser at a US aircraft, telling them: “You don’t want to play laser tag with us.”
The laser, which was not visible to the naked eye, was captured by a sensor onboard the P-8A,” Pacific Fleet said. “Weapons-grade lasers could potentially cause serious harm to aircrew and mariners, as well as ship and aircraft systems.
The US regime has issued a formal protest to China in response to the incident, USNI News reported on Monday, citing Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Gilday.
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