Russia said on Wednesday it was using a new generation of powerful lasers in Ukraine to burn drones, deploying some of Moscow’s secret weapons to counter the flow of Western weapons.
In 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin introduced an intercontinental ballistic missile, submarine nuclear drones, supersonic and laser weapons.
Little is known about the features of the new laser.
Putin mentioned the re-enactment, named after Alexander Peresvet, a medieval Orthodox monk who died in a deadly battle.
Deputy Prime Minister for Military Development Yuri Borisov said at a conference in Moscow that “Peresvet” is already widely deployed and can blind satellites at altitudes up to 1,500 km above the Earth.
He said there are already more powerful systems than Peresvet that can burn drones and other equipment.
Borisov referred to the test on Tuesday, as a result of which, according to him, the drone burned down at a distance of 5 km in five seconds.
“If Peresvet is blinded, the new generation of laser weapons will lead to the physical destruction of the target – thermal destruction, they will burn,” he told Russian state television.
Asked whether such weapons are used in Ukraine, Borisov said: “Yes. The first prototypes are already used there. ” He said the weapon is called a “bully.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky mockingly compared the news about lasers to the so-called miracle weapon that Nazi Germany introduced to prevent defeat in World War II.
“The clearer it became that they had no chance in the war, the more strange weapons were promoted that would be powerful enough to ensure a breakthrough,” he said in a video late in the evening.
And so we see that in the third month of a full-scale war, Russia is trying to find its “wonderful weapon” …
Almost nothing is publicly known about Zadir, but in 2017, Russian media reported that the state nuclear corporation Rosatom had helped develop it as part of a program to create new physical principles based on weapons.
The invasion of Ukraine illustrated the boundaries of Russia’s post-Soviet conventional forces, although Putin says a “special military operation” is planned.
Borissov’s remarks suggest that Russia has made significant progress in the field of laser weapons, which is of great interest to other nuclear powers, such as the United States and China.
The use of lasers to blind satellites was once a fantasy, but the United States, China and Russia have been working for years on options for such weapons.
In addition to the benefits of burning drones, blinding reconnaissance systems also have a strategic impact, as satellites are used to monitor intercontinental ballistic missiles with nuclear weapons.
Borisov said he had just returned from Sarov, which is Russia’s nuclear weapons research center.
He said a new generation of laser weapons using a wide electromagnetic range would eventually replace conventional weapons.
“It’s not some exotic idea; this is the reality, ”Barysau said.