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Russia has successfully tested new laser weαpσns which can blind satellites and ᴅᴇsᴛʀᴏʏ drones, according to its deputy prime minister. Yury Borisov, the man in charge of military development in Putin’s government, said that the Peresvet system was already being deployed, and had been tested on Tuesday – ʙᴜʀɴɪɴɢ ᴜᴘ a drone 3 miles (5km) away. The system is said by Russia to be able to blind satellites up to 932 miles (1,500km) above Earth.
The new generation of weαpσns comes as Putin’s wαr machine falters in Ukrαine with some estimates saying that the dictator has lost up to a third of Russia’s troops since the February 24 invasion.
Putin in 2018 unveiled an array of new weαpσns including a new ᴘᴜᴛɪɴ ɪɴ 𝟸𝟶𝟷𝟾 ᴜɴᴠᴇɪʟᴇᴅ ᴀɴ ᴀʀʀᴀʏ ᴏғ ɴᴇᴡ ᴡᴇᴀᴘᴏɴs ɪɴᴄʟᴜᴅɪɴɢ ᴀ ɴᴇᴡ ɪɴᴛᴇʀᴄᴏɴᴛɪɴᴇɴᴛᴀʟ ʙᴀʟʟɪsᴛɪᴄ ᴍɪssɪʟᴇ , a small ɴᴜᴄʟᴇᴀʀ ᴡᴀʀʜᴇᴀᴅ that could be attached to cruise missiles, underwater ɴᴜᴄʟᴇᴀʀ drones, a supersonic weapon and a laser weapon. Little is known about what exactly the laser weapon, named Peresvet after a medieval Orthodox warrior monk Alexander Peresvet who ᴘᴇʀɪsʜᴇᴅ ɪɴ ᴍᴏʀᴛᴀʟ ᴄᴏᴍʙᴀᴛ, does.
Putin gave few specifics in 2018 and the granular details are secret. Borisov said today: ‘It is already being mass-supplied to the (missile) troops, and ɪᴛ ᴄᴀɴ ʙʟɪɴᴅ all satellite reconnaissance systems of a likely enemy in orbits of up to 1,500 km, disabling them during flight due to the use of laser ʀᴀᴅɪᴀᴛɪᴏɴ,’ Borisov said.
‘But that, let’s say, is of today, or even in some ways of yesterday: our physicists have now created, and practically mass-produced, laser systems which are more powerful by an order of magnitude that can inflict thermal destruction on various apparatus’.
Borisov’s remarks indicate that Russia has made significant progress with Peresvet, and other yet to be unannounced successors, a trend of considerable interest to other nuclear powers such as the United States and China. His remarks indicate Russia could blind the satellites and an array of other systems which the United States uses to monitor Russia’s intercontinental ballistic missiles – or the drones used to target artillery positions in the Ukrαine wαr.
Borisov said he had just returned from Sarov, a closed town in the Nizhny Novgorod region once known as Arzamas-16 because it was so secret, which is a centre of Russia’s nuclear weαpσns research. ‘Today, so called weαpσns systems based on new physical principles are on the way. ‘This is primarily a laser weapon, an electromagnetic wideband weapon that will replace (conventional weαpσns) in the next decade – this is not some sort of exotic idea; it is the reality’.