Russia to Deploy Laser Weapons in Space by 2025

Russia is set to deploy at least 12 new laser optical systems for monitoring missions in outer space by the year 2025, the country’s defense ministry announced on Monday.

The announced project is “within the framework of implementing the program for perfecting and developing the Russian system of monitoring outer space,” state-run outlet TASS reported.

“Russia’s Space Forces are pushing ahead with the effort to create a new generation of specialized ground-based systems of monitoring outer space,” the defense ministry told reporters.

The systems that they will deploy would be “based on different principles of detecting and identifying space objects.”

In Preparation

In preparation for the 2025 deployment, the first new-generation laser optical system is currently on combat duty in the Altai Region in southern Siberia. More than 300 new and upgraded space satellite systems are also currently in testing.

Work for the new command and measurement systems is currently in the research phase.

Russian Space Force

The Russian Space Force is a defense branch of the country that is responsible for the monitoring and governing aerospace sovereignty of Russia. It was first established in 1992 but was eventually dissolved twice, with the latest on in 2011.

The Space Force was relaunched in 2015 and was placed under a merger between the Russian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces.

The Russian Space Force holds its annual professional holiday every October 4th.

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