Putin’s new laser to fend off mis­siles

The Timaru Herald - - WORLD -

Rus­sia has de­ployed new laser weapons de­signed to de­stroy in­com­ing mis­siles, air­craft and drones. The Peresvet sys­tem, which is named after a medieval Or­tho­dox war­rior-monk, had be­come fully op­er­a­tional on Sun­day and Yury Borisov, the deputy de­fence min­is­ter, said it could take out tar­gets ‘‘within frac­tions of a sec­ond’’. Vik­tor Mu­rakhovsky, a weapons ex­pert, said: ‘‘Its main task will prob­a­bly be to de­stroy the war­heads of self-hom­ing mis­siles.’’ The US navy is test­ing a new laser weapons sys­tem that could go into ser­vice next spring.

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