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18.07.2017 (21:32)

Defence Ministry of the Russian Federation possesses laser weapons and is developing hypersonic armaments

The Russian Armed Forces have laser weapons, Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov said on Tuesday.

"We have laser weapons. Lasers are different: by the way they are used, by the distance, by the objects against which they operate," Yuri Borisov said at the Aviation Salon MAKS-2017.

Russian developments in the field of hypersonic speeds are on par with the leading foreign countries, said Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov.

"We assess the scientific-and- technical base in this area and do not see that we are far behind, but we are roughly on par with the leading countries that work in this area. We intend to obtain a series of products at the turn of 2020-2022, first of all aircraft destruction means, which will operate at hypersonic speeds," said Yuri Borisov at the MAKS-2017 Salon.

He called hypersonic technology a coup in aviation and in aviation means of destruction, in the first place.

"In the aviation industry, the United Aircraft Corporation has the plans to create various versions of aviation means with the help of hypersonic technologies, but this issue is still a matter for them, and we are now hoping to get (hypersonic) weapons," said the Deputy Defence Minister.

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