Telaska shares BBC report: Yuri Borisov, deputy prime minister for military development, told Russian television that a prototype laser called Zadira was in Ukraine and burned a Ukrainian drone five kilometers (three miles) in five seconds. […] Little is known about the Zadir laser program, but in 2017, Russian media reported that the state nuclear corporation Rosatom had helped develop it as part of a program to build weapons based on new physical principles, according to Reuters. […] However, a spokesman for the US Department of Defense said he had not seen “anything that confirms reports of the use of lasers” in Ukraine. Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ridiculed Russia’s statement, comparing it to the so-called “wonderful weapon” that Nazi Germany claimed it was developing during World War II. “The clearer it became that they had no chance in the war, the more strange weapons were promoted, which would be powerful enough to ensure a breakthrough,” Zelensky said in a video message. “And so we see that in the third month of a full-scale war, Russia is trying to find its” wonderful weapon “… all this is a clear indication of the complete failure of the mission.”

However, there is at least one country that has developed laser weapons, says the BBC. Earlier this year, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett unveiled prototypes of laser interceptors that will use lasers to overheat incoming drones or missiles.

“Within a year, the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) will put into operation a laser interception system, first experimentally and later operationally, first in the south, then elsewhere,” he said in a speech to Tel Aviv University. Institute for National Security Studies. “And this will allow us over the years to surround Israel with a wall of lasers that will protect us from missiles, missiles, UAVs and other threats.”

The U.S. Navy also deployed the world’s first active laser weapon in Persona Bay in 2017. “It operates in the invisible part of the electromagnetic spectrum, so you don’t see the beam, it doesn’t make any sounds, it’s completely silent and it’s incredibly efficient at what it does,” said Lt. Cale Hughes, a laser weapons officer at the time.

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