US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Tests of laser weapons, demonstrated by the command of the US Pacific Fleet, show its low efficiency in modern warfare. President of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems Konstantin Sivkov, to successfully hit targets, the laser beam needs almost no dust or water spray in the air. Such conditions are very rare at sea, especially in the northern latitudes.
Earlier, U.S. sailors posted a video in which the USS Portland landing craft crashes an unmanned aerial vehicle near Pearl Harbor using a solid-state laser weapon system.
The expert noted that the beam was aimed at the UAV for a long time, which proves the low energy efficiency of the installation.
“In order to bring down a more complex target, for example, a ballistic missile, it will be necessary to hold a beam on it for several tens of seconds, it is difficult technologically,” Konstantin Sivkov explained.
As for the Russian Peresvet laser weapon systems, the expert said, their task is not to destroy the target, but to blind the optoelectronic system of helicopters, airplanes and satellites.
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