Russia says its Peresvet laser weapon can blind satellites and burn drones

Russia claims to have a laser weapon that can blind satellites orbiting Earth and “inflict thermal destruction” on a drone in flight from miles away.

As Reuters reports(Opens in a new window), the mobile laser weapon is called Peresvet and was first announced in 2018 by Vladimir Putin. At a conference in Moscow yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov said a recent test saw the laser burn a drone 5 km (3 miles) away in just five seconds.

Borisov went on to claim that “it can blind all satellite reconnaissance systems of a probable enemy in orbits up to 1,500 km, disabling them during flight due to the use of laser radiation”. This may be how Russia intends to take down Starlink if the hack continues to fail(Opens in a new window)?

Peresvet is apparently mass-produced in Russia and supplied to its troops. If true, it suggests that Russian forces may be using the mobile laser system in its war against Ukraine, although no evidence of this has been presented so far.

Borisov goes on to say that “unannounced successors” to the existing Peresvet system are being developed and that “these are primarily a laser weapon, a broadband electromagnetic weapon that will replace (conventional weapons) during the next decade – it’s not some kind of exotic idea; it’s reality.”

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The name given to this laser comes from the Russian Orthodox monk Alexandre Peresvet(Opens in a new window) who is known to have fought a duel in 1380 against the Tatar champion Temir-murza. Both men died in the duel, but Russian legend claims that Peresvet did not fall off the saddle unlike his opponent.

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