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Russia Revives A Cold War Laser Project That Targets U.S. Satellites

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Back in 1981, when Reagan was preparing to spend the Soviet Union into the ground, the U.S. developed an Airborne Laser Laboratory that could bring down missiles and planes with high-density rays.

Never willing to be outdone, the Soviets launched the Beriev A-60, a jumbo-jet with a laser cannon installed in the nose.

Only two Beriev’s were ever completed and U.S. intelligence officials never grew concerned as one was destroyed and the other was put into storage without so much as a test flight.

A few years ago, the Russians dusted the wings off of the stored plane and renewed their modifications.

According to The Space Review, the new design lacks the nose cannon of its predecessor and has its laser mounted up away from the earth and directed toward space (via Danger Room).

Danger Room also points to a statement issued by the Russians last year that says they’re developing an “air-laser system designed to transmit laser energy to remote sites in order to counter the infrared opto-electronic tools of the enemy.”

A large bulge on the back of the craft is an overhead port that opens to deploy the 1-megawatt laser turret with a range of 190 to 370 miles.

An aviation photography team from Russian Planes was able to pick up the the insignia on the laser-equipped jet that shows a tapering red beam shooting into space at the Hubble Telescope. The Hubble represents U.S. satellites, and it’s path of motion is blacked out over Russia (see picture above).

The concept of directing a laser at orbiting assets is nothing new. In 2006, China hit American satellites with lasers from a ground based installation, possibly blinding them.


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  • 1%china

    very interesting news,after beijing lost controll a statllite and mosco lost two stallites.

  • JanB

    That Russia revives its laser weapon program could have been expected: instead of the promise not to expand NATO after the Warsaw Pact was dismantled, NATO not only expanded but is increasing its resource wars all over the planet, killing civilians by the thousands while advertising via corrupted media to protect or to “liberate” them.

    Russia being one of the world’s most resource-rich countries, it is only logical that Washington and its puppets are investing in a “first-strike nuclear win” gamble with a missile defense system that prevents any MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) aka vounter-attack posibility.

    Surely this will end at least as bad as the “get rich quickly” financial gamble that resulted in the global financial crisis of the century – to the detriment of John & Jane Doe, hardworking, honest taxpayers.

  • Sky

    Let them develop it. The US army will still be 30 years ahead of them, or any other country. America has all manner of secret weapons that will not see the light of day until the next world war. For instance, just one US battleship can successfully wage war against an entire nation, imagine an entire fleet(presumed they are allowed to engage). And that was before combat laser systems were instituted; weapons with no ammo and unlimited range.

    Do you really think the Americans would deploy super-secret weapons to fight inferior terrorist forces that are one step above hurdling spears at their enemies? Some may say that is exactly what they did when they sent “secret” stealth helicopters after Osama. However, stealth helicopters have been in the US arsenal for well over 20 years now, this is just the first time that their operation has become known to the public. Do you really think they would send an untested new weapon after Osama? Or is it more likely that they would deploy weapons that they had a high degree of faith in, developed from testing and use. Grant it one did crash, but huey helicopters still crash today after 50 years of reliable service.

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