Images of a possible Russian high-powered mobile laser weapon system have appeared on social media.
Leaked images shared on social media this morning are currently sparking speculation about a possible new Russian high-energy laser weapon system designed to destroy enemy targets with a range of up to 3 miles.
Several news agencies report that new laser gun systems on BAZ chassis have been discovered in the NPO Advent plant in St. Petersburg.
Allegedly, the new weapon system is supposed to detect, track and hit air targets at a distance of up to 5 km and incinerate enemy drones. It can be used on all stationary and mobile objects for military and special purposes.
According to reports, the Russian mobile air defense system uses a chemical oxygen-iodine laser (COIL). The choice of COIL may have been determined simply by its availability and low risk to demonstrate and prove other more sensitive system components.
According to open source, the main advantages of using a targeted energy weapon over traditional missile interceptors are lower cost per shot, an unlimited magazine, lower operating costs and less labor. Although the system costs no less than rockets, it has a lower life cycle cost to operate.