MOSCOW, July 19. /TASS/. Russian Aerospace Force has accepted for service the laser complexes Peresvet and the military are now taking drills that involve the novel combat technologies, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday.
"The Peresvet laser complexes have been placed at sites of permanent deployment," the report said. "Active efforts to make them fully operational are underway."
"To ensure their proper functioning, the necessary infrastructures and specialized facilities for housing the complexes and duty crews have been built," the ministry said.
The crews assigned to the Peresvets have taken upgrader courses at the Alexander Mozhaisky Military-Space Academy in St Petersburg.
"The cadres receive training in theory in specially equipped classrooms and get practical drills at combat equipment," the report said.
The crews are also getting trained in teamwork as part of commissioning of the Peresvets for combat duty, said Gen Anatoly Nestechuk, the chief of staff of the Aerospace Force’s 15th Army.
Development and commissioning of new strategic systems aims to build up Russia’s defense capability and to prevent any aggression against it or its allies, the Defense Ministry said.
The Peresvets are the first Russian combat complexes based on new physical principles. President Vladimir Putin mentioned the Russian combat laser for the first time in his address to both houses of parliament on March 1.