China Mid-course Interception of ICBM Enabled by Scientists’ DLC Film

Successful ICBM mid-course interception by Hongqi-19 on January 11, 2010

Successful mid-course interception of ICBM by Hongqi-19 on January 11, 2010

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

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

Cheng Yong and his assistants. Photo by Li Hao.

Cheng Yong and his assistants. Photo by Li Hao.

China’s Science and Technology Daily and both carry true story of China’s top laser scientist Cheng Yong’s marvelous achievements.

What Cheng Yong and his team do is unique in entire PLA. They 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, coherent combination of mutual injection, etc.

Cheng is brave in tackling the problems that even US experts find difficult. He made world first adjust-free solid laser.

That achievement has made Cheng even braver. When he learnt in 2000 that China’s infrared window, the eye of China’s large weapon, was not hard enough to resist injury or chemically stable enough to resist erosion, especially became blind under hypersonic speed, he spent 4 years in developing DLC film prepared by laser deposition.

At first, the film fails hypersonic test. He made unremitting efforts to improve the technology and finally mastered the key technology for such film in 6 years. says that the film was used in China’s new ICBM defense missile to increase its speed by 30%. In 2011, the missile successful passed a test to intercept an ICBM in mid course. Foreign media call the new missile Hongqi-19.

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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  3. Joseph says:

    Is this why some US news has lately gone crazy about the importance of laser weapon for US navy? I guess antagonising China has spooked their Chinese scientists to take the job on research, thus stopping their progress on its track.


    • Combo Jaxx says:


      NEW YORK (Sputnik) — The Department of Defense has granted $110 million to develop a state of the art institute in the state of New York to further innovate in the field of laser technology, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

      “New York has been selected by the Department of Defense to lead a prestigious, multi-state Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation,” the statement read on Monday.

      The new American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM) will be based out of the city of Rochester, Cuomo explained, and will use $110 million in US federal grants from the Defense Department, along with public and private investments that are likely to exceed $600 million.

      AIM will feature an advanced photonics research center and will consist of more than 50 companies and 20 universities.

      “The new Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Integrated Photonics in Rochester, New York will help keep America on the front-lines of discovery and ensure our manufacturers, businesses, and economy are globally competitive in the 21st century economy,” US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said in a statement.

      Photonics, or the harnessing of the power of light, revolutionized laser technology by making computer chips faster and smaller, as well as making applications more reliable in the fields of medicine, defense, telecommunications, the Internet and information technology.


  4. steve says:

    Congratulations to Cheng Yong and his team of dedicated scientist.