Cheap 'shots' & attacks at light speed: Why laser weaponry is a trend for 21st century
Added 05-18-19 04:37:02am EST - “Lasers are commonly seen as a 'weapon of the future' ?" and that future is already here as they are making it into the military. Laser systems have unique properties, opening new ways of waging warfare, RT's military analyst says.” - Rt.com
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Laser weaponry "will largely define" the combat potential of the Russian armed forces "throughout the whole of the 21st century," President Vladimir Putin said. The country has already adopted a combat laser system – Peresvet – and appears to be seeking other weaponry of this type.
Lasers indeed have great potential to be used in combat, especially against uncongenial targets such as swarms of tiny drones, Russian military analyst Mikhail Khodarenok believes. Apart from that, they have many advantages compared to ballistic and missile weaponry.
"Laser weaponry is quite tempting due to the possibility of a surprise and almost immediate – at the speed of light – attack on an adversary, relative cheapness of a single 'shot', high precision and lack of the necessity to stockpile an arsenal of 'munitions' during peacetime," Khodarenok told RT.
Apart from dealing direct damage to an adversary's personnel and hardware, lasers can be used in a support role, facilitating usage of conventional weapon systems.
Experts particularly underline, not the ability to inflict heat damage on a target, but the potential of lasers to suppress optical and electronic means of observation – periscopes, optical rangefinders and other similar devices, fitted to modern weaponry.
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