The Peresvet laser complex has been on combat duty since December 2019, the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov recently told a foreign military attache.
The Peresvet laser complexes have been placed at sites of permanent deployment and are fully operational now.
As it turns out that, firstly, the product is not propaganda (as many foreign media wrote) and, secondly, it is the first combat laser system put into service in the world.
The existence of Peresvet laser weapons was revealed by Vladimir Putin in his annual address to the Federal Assembly in 2018. Already this year in Sochi, he noted that laser systems will determine the potential of the army and navy for the entire 21st century. Their development uses indigenous optics and highly sensitive optoelectronics, Putin had emphasized.
According to RT, another Russian state media source, Alexander Peresvet was “a famous warrior monk who fought at the 1380 Battle of Kulikovo, which ended the Mongol domination of medieval Russia.”
Experts state that Laser weapons are not something extraordinary for Russian scientists. Its development began back in the 1960s and by the 1990s it almost reached the zenith of work.
The first shipments of the weapons began in 2017 as part of the military’s modernization program, according to reports while military personnel learned to deploy and apply the weapons during special training at the Mozhaysky Military Space Academy in St. Petersburg.
The systems are capable of “concealing the areas of deployment of intercontinental ballistic missiles” and will be used in air defence and military defence, Viktor Murakhovsky, an expert at Russia’s Military-Industrial Commission, was cited as saying by Krasnaya Zvezda.
In August, The United States voiced concern over Russia’s pursuit of Peresvet, calling the development of the weapon “disturbing.”