Laser Weapons at LoC May be Part of Future Response to Pakistan Challenge
NEW DELHI. As India’s security and diplomatic establishments examine a range of possible current responses to terror-exporting Pakistan, official think tank Niti Aayog is looking at the future options. And no-contact counter offensives that use technology such as laser is high on this list. Niti Aayog member VK Saraswat, who was earlier secretary in Defence Research and Development Organisation, is working on identifying disruptive technologies.
Laser technology has attracted plenty of defence research in the West, with military planners noting virtues such as precision targeting and low cost of usage.
Laser weapons systems operate on the basic principle that laser beams are impossible to avoid or detect. They can target both enemy personnel and enemy communications and installations. The US army and navy are most advanced in laser weapons or directed energy weapons research.
There are technological challenges for developing such systems that can be mobile, rugged, cost- effective and functional under a variety of weather conditions. Niti Aayog’s plans are to get India to adopt laser technology for use in a variety of defence settings, including guarding India’s borders against Pakistan. Such a weapons systems in, say, LoC can be a game-changer, experts say. But development and adoption is a long haul as well.