Laser weapons are based on the use of energy from electromagnetic radiation along the optical spectrum. Pictured: The 1K17 “Szhatiye” project which was developed in 1992.Scientific production association "Astrophysics"
The first prototype laser weapons have been made operational with Russia’s Armed Forces, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said.
Borisov made this statement on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Russian Federal Nuclear Center - All-Russian Research Institute of Experimental Physics (RFNC-VNIIEF).
"This is not something unusual. These are prototype rather than experimental weapons. We have already put several laser weapons into operation," Borisov said, adding that weapons based on new physical principles were becoming a reality in our days.
As Borisov said earlier, the development of a weapon based on new physical principles should be included in the new state armament program for 2018-2025.
As a source in Russia’s defense and industrial sector told TASS, Russian specialists developing a weapon based on new physical principles are aware of the work on a directed energy weapon, which is being carried out abroad.
According to the source, the main weapons based on new physical principles included laser, acoustic, holographic and kinetic weapons.
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