Commercial satellite imagery captured on April 2018 shows the newest Peresvet laser combat system in Ivano region, near the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) base at Teykovo.
According to the militaryrussia.ru, the facilities of the newest Russian Peresvet laser combat system located ((latitude 56.898855, longitude 40.578283) in the Ivanovo region, near the position of the 2426th technical missile base of the 54th Guards Missile Division of the Strategic Rocket Forces of Russia.
The missile formation at Teykovo is equipped with the Topol road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles and the newer Yars.
The Peresvet is one of the most advanced and secret Russian combat systems. According to the local media, the new combat laser systems solves air defense and missile defense tasks.
Speaking to the nation on March 1, President Putin revealed that Russia had “achieved significant progress in laser weapons,” and that “combat laser systems” began to be delivered into the military last year. Putin’s remarks were complimented by a video showing off what appears to be a heavy, truck-mounted laser platform, whose name and intended purpose remain classified. “I do not want to reveal more details. It is not the time yet. But experts will understand that with such weaponry, Russia’s defense capacity has multiplied,” Putin added.
On 19 July, the Russian Defense Ministry has released a new video showing some of newest Russian combat laser systems.
The video features a military unit, operating at least two truck-mounted Peresvet combat laser systems, accompanied by several command and support vehicles. When deployed, the complex unfolds and exposes a cannon-like device, which is presumably the laser system.
The exact purpose of the complex is still kept secret. It might be a jamming system, which can “blind” the optical electronic equipment of enemy vehicles with a laser beam, since several prototypes of such systems have been developed by the Soviet Union.
Early, ex Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said that the “combat laser systems” Putin spoke of in his State of the Nation speech in March were in fact delivered to the country’s armed forces last year. Once found only in works of fiction, Borisov said such devices were now a very real and necessary tool of modern warfare.