VLADIMIR Putin’s devastating new laser cannons that can fire at their targets in space within seconds have been deployed.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, the Peresvet laser cannon was put into service on December 1 – just months after the American government deemed the cannon’s creation ”disturbing”.
In a worrying video – which was released by the Russian MoD earlier today (December 5) – a massive piece of military equipment is unveiled from its high-security shelter.
An official controls the mechanism via a remote control, showcasing its mobility as the weapon pivot into position.
After a quick preview, the object is locked away under a plethora of protective layers.
The video was posted alongside the caption: “Peresvet is capable of effectively neutralising any air attack and knocking out satellites orbiting the Earth.”
News of the Peresvet laser emerged in June of this year, with officials claiming the cannons would be used to shoot debris out of the sky.
Speaking to Russian newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda on Monday (December 3), deputy defence minister Yuri Borisov gave an insight into the potency of Putin’s latest weapon.
Borisov claimed Russia’s laser cannons have the ability to “take down targets within fractions of a second”.
He continued: “We can talk a lot about laser weapons and movies were made about them a long time ago and fantastic books have been written, and everyone knows about this.
“But the fact that these systems have started entering service is indeed today’s reality.”
The Peresvet laser is just one of several weapons announced by the Russian military in recent months.
Others include an underwater nuclear-powered drone and a nuclear-powered cruise missile – both of which Putin asked his country’s residents to choose names for before deployment.
During a speech on March 1 this year, Putin stated: “There are all reasons to believe that we are one step ahead our rivals in this sphere.”
“I do not want to reveal more details. It is not the time yet. But experts will understand that with such weaponry, Russia’s capacities for defending itself have multiplied.”