Putin hails Russia's new laser weapons, claims they're right out of 'science fiction'

  • President Vladimir Putin says its new laser weapons will significantly enhance Russia’s military capability.
  • Peresvet, the military’s first laser weapon, is a high-energy laser, whose specific data and purpose have remained secret.
  • Putin told officials that some other new laser weapons under development “until just recently only figured in science fiction.”
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MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says that new types of laser weapons developed in Russia will significantly enhance the nation’s military capability.

Speaking during Friday’s meeting with top officials, Putin specifically mentioned the Peresvet, the military’s first laser weapon that entered service last fall.

Peresvet is a high-energy laser, whose specific data and purpose have remained secret. It’s believed to be capable of blinding enemy electro-optical devices and downing drones.

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Putin told officials that some other new laser weapons under development “until just recently only figured in science fiction.” He added that such weapons “will determine the combat potential of the Russian army and navy for decades ahead.”

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