Posted in the tank/afv thread but it probably also belongs here as well.
Russians have a class of what they call "electro-optical distruptors" AKA laser beam weaponry. Except they use it for jamming planes/electro-optical equipment and missles
If you know your GRAU index
1 for radio and electronics equipment
K for Air defense
1 for specific unit numbering
7 for unit revision number
1K17 Szhatie (compression) , predecssor is 1K11
Literally a fucking laser tank designed to jam eletro-optical missles like AGM-114 or just fry/blind infantry. Also capable of shooting down helos as it actually straight up melts the god damn frame in a test alongside shutting down electronics. Ruskies made claims that the system is used in the Tunguskas and the APS systems.
>literally a buratino but with 12 large ass lasers instead of rockets
>according to the ruskies it fucking melted a helo in testing
> Regarding the lasers themselves, there are two versions : one each, specifically for "Compression" in the laboratory, a dozen 30-kilogram ruby crystals were grown, on the other - not a ruby laser, but the so-called Nd: YAG (solid-state laser based on yttrium aluminum garnet with additives of neodymium).
Drawbacks were the slow fire rate, and energy consumption/ overheat issues. Fact they needed an additional fucking power plant in the thing lol.
Regarding the 1K11 Stiletto :
> A 1K11 laser and related equipment were installed on the chassis of the SU-100P self-propelled gun. The laser could work in a weak mode for targeting guided weapons and in a strong one - in this case, at a distance of about 5-7 kilometers (different data are given in the sources), the photocells of the optical systems and the transmitting tubes of television cameras were noticeably damaged . Under the appropriate confluence of circumstances, an enemy tanker, looking through an optical device, could receive a serious retinal burn.
>literally found in junkyards and a god damn ditch by explorers
Sanguine vehicle (modified shilka), no GRAU index
>On tests that began in 1983, the Sanguine showed that it can not only determine the optical system of an air target, but also successfully hit it . At the same time, at ranges over 10 km, the target optics were "blinded" for several minutes, and at distances of 8-10 km, the destruction of the sensitive elements of the optics had already begun. There is no exact data on the number of released "Sanguins" (classified), but at least one copy was made.
Modified Il-76MD with large ass laser used for fucking over missles in picture too. GRAU Index 1A/ 1A2, possible third aircraft
>The main laser was placed in the cargo hold, between the wing and the keel. To prevent it from interfering with aerodynamics in flight, the corresponding section of the aircraft's "back" was replaced with opening flaps: they opened, the laser moved out, and the ambassador of the work was retracted. The laser of the A-60 complex had a gas-dynamic scheme and carbon dioxide as an active medium. The radiation power exceeded 2 MW . The details of the tests over 30 years have not been published.
Soviet Skif-DM project
>space based satellite laser prototype
>lost because couldn't achieve stable orbit
>no actual (known) photos exist