MOSCOW, April 2 – RIA Novosti. The technology of laser weapons in the foreseeable future will develop in two directions – the physical destruction of enemy equipment and the defeat of its control systems, President of the Laser Association, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Ivan Kovsh told RIA Novosti.
Currently, the 15th international exhibition “Photonics: the world of lasers and optics” is taking place in Moscow. “Let's say a drone is flying, but you need it not to fly. You can hit it from a cannon, or you can use a laser beam: either just burn it a very expensive pleasure, or disable its control system, “said Kovsh.
The scientist noted that the second option – damage to control systems, when a laser hits equipment, provoking a powerful pulse of secondary magnetic radiation that burns chips and control systems, today is more effective than a combat laser, and is already being widely implemented by leading military powers.
At the same time, the head of the Laser Association noted that with the current level of development of science, the use of a laser for the physical destruction of targets, which was previously considered too energy-intensive, is becoming more affordable.
The bucket recalled that the United States has already been able to create and adopt a compact 60-kilowatt combat laser, the use of which ten years ago was impractical because of the “huge” power supply that was required for its operation. Another example of a combat laser was recently presented by China – a laser assault rifle, however, this project Kovsh considered “exotic”.
“It is unclear what kind of power supply is there: if it is located inside the rifle, then, indeed, you can take it with you, carry it, aim, but if it stands alone, then it is difficult to carry it with you,” the scientist explained.
Earlier, the well-known military expert Viktor Murakhovsky told RIA Novosti that the creation of combat lasers capable of destroying missiles and other military equipment, as conventional weapons do today, is impossible, since, in his opinion, this is contrary to the laws of physics.
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