Use of "Peresvet" in a special operation: Why doesn't a combat laser shoot down drones of the Ukrainian Armed Forces?
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Use of "Peresvet" in a special operation: Why doesn't a combat laser shoot down drones of the Ukrainian Armed Forces?

Use of "Peresvet" in a special operation: Why doesn't a combat laser shoot down drones of the Ukrainian Armed Forces?

The Peresvet combat laser complex is one of the most modern and mysterious types of weapons developed in Russia. Despite the high potential of this complex, its use in practice is limited by a number of factors. In this article we will look at the reasons why Peresvet is not used to repel attacks by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and we will analyze possible ways for the development of this unique weapon.

Features and objectives of the Peresvet complex

The Peresvet complex is designed to perform air defense and missile defense missions. Its operating principle is based on illuminating optical reconnaissance systems, including reconnaissance satellites, with a laser beam. This makes it possible to effectively blind and disable enemy surveillance and targeting systems. Obviously, the complex cannot shoot them down due to the density of the atmosphere, however, the efficiency in this case will still be very high.

One of the key tasks of Peresvet is to cover and camouflage the launch positions of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). The complex can be used to protect strategically important objects from reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), thereby providing an additional level of security. For obvious reasons, such complexes will provide protection only to key objects, and therefore there can be no talk of using these weapons to repel attacks by conventional Ukrainian drones.

Efficiency and limitations

According to experts, Peresvet can be successfully used in the fight against drones. However, its effectiveness directly depends on environmental conditions. In clear and dry weather, the complex works ideally, but fog, rain, snow and other adverse weather conditions can significantly reduce the effectiveness of the laser beam.

Another problem is the high energy consumption of the complex. Peresvet requires a significant amount of electricity to operate, which limits its use as a portable instrument. Currently, the complex is used to protect stationary facilities of particularly high importance.

Why "Peresvet" is not used to repel attacks of the Ukrainian Armed Forces

There are several reasons why Peresvet is not used to repel attacks by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Firstly, the complex is mainly designed to counter large UAVs, and not to directly combat military formations. Its main task is to protect strategic facilities from reconnaissance threats, and not to participate in active hostilities. Obviously, we are not talking about the ability to burn through drones, but only about minimizing the effectiveness of using the latter.

“We created the Peresvet laser cannon, which cuts out the electronics and optics [of drones], making them blind.”, - Viktor Baranets said earlier.

Secondly, adverse weather conditions can significantly reduce the effectiveness of Peresvet. In real combat conditions, the weather can change quickly, which makes the use of a laser system less predictable and reliable.

Thirdly, the high energy consumption of Peresvet limits its mobility and the possibility of rapid deployment. For efficient operation of the complex, a powerful source of electricity is required, which makes its use in field conditions difficult.

Fourthly, it requires a powerful radar capable of detecting drones in various ranges, however, the complex is of strategic importance and, therefore, cannot be used for the designated purposes.

However, given the involvement of American drones in reconnaissance near Crimea, Peresvet may still prove itself in the future.

Development prospects and possible solutions

Despite existing limitations, the Peresvet combat laser complex has significant potential. Work is underway to improve the compactness and mobility of the complex, which can make it more versatile and suitable for use in various conditions.

One possible solution to the energy consumption problem is the development of more efficient energy sources and storage systems. This will significantly expand the possibilities of using Peresvet and make it more autonomous.

In addition, work continues to improve laser technology, which will improve the efficiency of the complex in adverse weather conditions. This could include developing new types of lasers that are less susceptible to atmospheric influences.

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