“Our physicists have developed laser systems that are many times more powerful than the old systems, allowing them to burn different targets. They are preparing them for mass production,” Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said at a conference near Moscow on Wednesday.
According to Borisov, the new laser weapon has a range of five kilometers and can shoot down drones at that height. According to the report, the new system was tested on Tuesday and reportedly burned a drone within five seconds. Now it is steadily being introduced into the armed forces, he said. “The first prototypes are already being used,” said Borisov.
The laser is intended to replace air defense missiles, which are much more expensive to purchase. The information could not be verified. No photos were shown either.