A Chinese Navy ship fired a laser at a U.S. surveillance aircraft flying over the Philippine Sea west of Guam conducting routine operations, maritime patrol, and reconnaissance in the Pacific Fleet area, the Navy said Thursday, acknowledging the incident more than a week after it happened.
The incident was that the PRC naval destroyer lased the American P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft in an act the U.S. deemed unsafe and a violation of international codes and agreements. The statement from U.S. Pacific Fleet said the laser was detected by sensors on the aircraft, but was not visible to the naked eye.
The task of monitoring areas of water.
Light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.
Weapons-grade lasers could potentially cause serious harm to aircrew and mariners, as well as ship and aircraft systems.