Peresvet: a Russian mobile laser system to dazzle enemy satellites – The Space Review

Peresvet: a Russian mobile laser system to dazzle enemy satellites – The Space Review

 
Peresvet

The trailer-mounted Peresvet laser system as seen in a Russian Ministry of Defense video.





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On March 1, 2018 Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a saber-rattling State of the Union speech that harkened back to the darkest days of the Cold War. He used the occasion to put on a display of new armaments such as nuclear-powered cruise missiles and hypersonic glide vehicles capable of penetrating US missile defenses, underlining they had been developed as a result of the US pulling out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty in 2002. Putin also boasted that Russia was “one step ahead” in what he called “weapons with new physical properties”, adding:

“We have achieved significant progress in laser weapons. It is not just a concept or a plan anymore. It is not even in the early production stages. Since last year, our troops have been armed with laser weapons. I do not want to reveal more details. It is not the time yet. But experts will understand that with such weaponry, Russia’s defense capacity has multiplied.”

Putin’s remarks were illustrated with a brief video showing a semi-trailer carrying the laser in its aft section. The device was seen quickly turning in various directions, demonstrating its ability to track fast moving targets.[1] In response to Putin’s invitation to
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