Thursday, May 3, 2018

Pentagon: Two U.S. Airmen Injured By Chinese-Deployed Lasers In Djibouti

DJIBOUTI, Africa (January 10, 2017) MV-22 Ospreys prepare to land at a landing zone during a helo-borne raid as part of sustainment training conducted in Djibouti, Jan. 10. Ospreys have the ability to transport Marines and Sailors quickly to the battlefield due to its ability to tilt its rotors horizontally and fly like an airplane. The Ospreys and crew are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brandon Maldonado)

CNN: Chinese military lasers injure US military pilots in Africa

Chinese personnel at the country's first overseas military base in Djibouti have been using lasers to interfere with US military aircraft at a nearby American base, activity that has resulted in injuries to US pilots and prompted the US to launch a formal diplomatic protest with Beijing, two military officials told CNN.

The US issued a notice to airmen "to exercise caution when flying in certain areas in Djibouti," which "was issued due to lasers being directed at US aircraft on a small number of separate occasions over the last few weeks," according to the notice obtained by CNN.

"During one incident, there were two minor eye injuries of aircrew flying in a C-130 that resulted from exposure to military-grade laser beams, which were reported to have originated from the nearby Chinese base," the notice said.

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More News On The Pentagon's Complaint That Two U.S. Airmen Were Injured By Chinese-Deployed Lasers In Djibouti

U.S. complains to China after laser incidents in Djibouti -- Reuters
China Is Using Lasers to Target U.S. Pilots Flying Over Its Base in Djibouti -- Newsweek
Two US airmen injured by Chinese lasers in Djibouti -- Defense News
China has used lasers to injure US air crews flying over Djibouti, Pentagon says -- Washington Examiner
US files complaint over Chinese laser use in Djibouti -- AP

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