MOSCOW, (BM) – Russia has tested the Perevest secret laser weapon in Syria and hundreds of other new weapons, according to an interview with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu.
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Minister Shoigu said that many new weapons have never seen the next stage of their development – their serial production. “Where else can you test weapons – in war. As much as we don’t want to, but state tests, military tests, army tests are, of course, good,” Shoygu said.
Minister Shoygu revealed that over the years, more than 70 specialists, engineers, and designers from Russian arms companies have been present at the Russian airbase in Syria – Khmeimim to conduct the tests and assist in the timely elimination of problems. He confirmed that a large production workshop has also been set up, which eliminates discrepancies.
“What did Syria give us? I will tell you frankly that we encountered a huge number of unpleasant surprises. Dozens of new weapons and prototypes were simply removed and stopped production,” the minister said.
Laser weapon Peresvet
Russia’s Peresvet laser complex has successfully passed all state and combat tests in Syria, Shoygu said. The minister stressed that Peresvet is already in service with the Russian army and continues developing and renewing, as Moscow continues to use it in Syria.
American journalist Logan Nay wrote an article in 2018 in which he said that Russia couldn’t create such a weapon. However, with Shoigu’s statement, the doubts have already been dispelled, and Moscow has managed to produce it.
The information is minimal for this laser system. According to some experts, this weapon consumes so much energy that its mobility is in question. Many experts suggest that Russia will use it primarily to guard military bases worldwide, dealing with unmanned aerial vehicles.
Other experts suggest that Peresvet could be seen as a kind of anti-aircraft or anti-missile defense system. The third group of experts says that such a system works smoothly in good sunny weather, but fog, heavy rain, and clouds will not be helpful.
“Earlier, you remember, it was science fiction 20 years ago, with laser swords in science fiction movies, someone was fighting someone. Today, this is a reality, and these are the Peresvet complexes,” the Russian defense minister said in the interview.
Zircon hypersonic rocket
There are rumors that Russia also tested the Zircon hypersonic missile in Syria, as the Zirkon missile fired from a Russian warship. Shoygu did not confirm this information but confirmed that the missile continues to be tested without specifying where.
We know from sources that this summer, Russia will test the Zircon hypersonic missile at the “state test” level, which means that this missile has already passed several flight tests. It is expected to enter serial production next year.
Zircon is a vital project for Russia’s defense, as it unites the development of the Russian navy as well. Russia is building special carriers for the hypersonic missile, which will be Ash-class submarines. The zircon rocket reaches a flight speed between 8 and 9 Mach.
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