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Russian lasers: dazzling developments or unsubtle distraction?

6th June 2022 - 09:00 GMT | by Jack Kennedy in Bucharest

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Peresvet anti-satellite laser system. (Photo: Russian MoD)

Are Russian laser weapons truly battle-ready, or is the latest proclamation from Moscow merely an attempt to distract attention from the failure of more commonly used equipment in Ukraine?

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov has officially confirmed the first use of the Peresvet anti-satellite laser system, as well as some of its technical specifications.

In remarks reported by Russian state-run media outlets on 18 May, he said: ‘Peresvet is already being delivered serially to the troops, and it can dazzle all satellite reconnaissance systems of a probable enemy at altitudes of up to 1,500 kilometres, disabling them during overflight by using laser radiation.’

In addition, Borisov said that Russia was using a new generation of Zadira combat laser systems in its ongoing invasion of Ukraine, although there

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