A Chinese military defense company has unveiled a new microwave-like weapon that could be employed in disputes with Southeast Asian nations over waters in the South China Sea.
The weapon uses millimeter-wave beams and has an effective range of 80 metres. With increased, however, it has the ability to reach as far as 1 km, according to IHS Jane.
When the beam hits a target, it penetrates the skin 1/64 of an inch and excites its water molecules, in a manner similar to that of a microwave.
In a microwave, water molecules are induced to rotation by waves. This gives a molecule enough heat energy to rub off nearby molecules. The friction results in heat, which can warm food up quickly.
When the Poly WB-1 millimeter-wave beams is used on people, the target experiences a deep burning sensation, as if it were on fire, which would cause them to reflexively pull away and disperse.
China is believed to be preparing to mount the WB-1 on ships patrolling disputed waters in the South China sea.