Russia's new laser weapon systems enter into service

Lester Mason
December 8, 2018

A video published on the ministry's Twitter feed on December 5 showed the new Peresvet system being moved out of a hangar and put on display.

The laser is said to be able to destroy targets "within fractions of a second", but Russian Federation has been quiet about what the weapon actually does. In mid-July 2018 combat lasers entered service with the aerospace forces of the Russian Federation.

The military began taking possession of the first shipments a year ago as part of Russia's ongoing military modernisation programme, according to The Moscow Times, and there is speculation the lasers could shoot down incoming missiles and aircraft.

During his annual address on March, Russian President Vladimir Putin first announced the development of the systems, saying that "significant progress" was achieved in Russia's laser weaponry program and "there are all reasons to believe that we are one step ahead our rivals in this sphere".

The last time the U.S. withdrew from a major arms treaty was in 2002, when President George W Bush pulled the USA out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, which banned weapons created to counter ballistic nuclear missiles.

Pompeo said there was no reason why the USA "should continue to cede this crucial military advantage" to rival powers.

The Peresvet system, which is named after a medieval Orthodox warrior-monk, had become fully operational on Saturday and Yury Borisov, the deputy defence minister, said it could take out targets "within fractions of a second".

"We can talk a lot about laser weapons and movies were made about them a long time ago and fantastic books have been written, and everyone knows about this", he introduced. Detailed information on the laser system is strictly confidential. What exactly it does has been the subject of much speculation.

The NATO chief said the alliance is also preparing a contingency plan in case the Kremlin fails to comply and the USA pulls out of the accord.

Russia's Defense Ministry has unveiled a new laser weapons system, the latest in a series of advanced offensive systems that the Kremlin has pledged to pursue.

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