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Putin hails new Russian laser weapons

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of Russian military aviation in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

ALEXEI DRUZHININ, SPUTNIK, KREMLIN POOL /AP

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: May 17, 2019

MOSCOW — 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.

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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