The Peresvet laser complex was put on the experimental combat duty on Saturday, according to the outlet. The report said that the equipment was originally delivered to the troops last year as part of a state armament program and that the personnel underwent special training on the weapons at the A.F. Mozhaysky Military and Space Academy in St. Petersburg.
A little was known about the Peresvet, but it has been touted by Moscow as a state-of-the-art weapon capable of disabling targets in under a second. It was revealed by Russian President Vladimir Putin along with a number of other new weapons in development during his State of the Nation speech in March.
Russia's General Staff Chief Valery Gerasimov added that Russia will retaliate against U.S. allies that host the American missiles in case of confrontation - and that may include the use of the new laser technology.
“You as military professionals must understand that the target for the Russian retaliation won’t be the U.S. territory, but the countries where the intermediate-range missiles are deployed,” Gerasimov said in a statement.
Bloomberg reported Wednesday that Russia's Defense Ministry claimed it has deployed laser weapons, including the Peresvet laser, which, the military experts believe, is capable of disrupting "drones, missiles and aircraft." Most of its capabilities remain secret for now.
The laser is named after the 14th-century Orthodox monk who single-handedly fought the Tatar champion at the Battle of Kulikovo.