In 1990 the body of the machine was built and after the tests wass added to the army in 1992. the developers received the National Prize once again. That was the time when the USSR was 10 years forward in the lasers construction in comparison to other countries.
thats a monster of a support system. I wonder what kind of battery power was needed.
heres some info i gathered,...
http://gizmodo.com/5715192/the-secret-soviet-laser-tankthe 1K17 tank—which used 66-pound synthetic ruby rods at the heart of its laser system—wasn't designed to destroy enemy fighters. Its objective was to blind pilots and weapons systems, dazzling optical and electronic mechanisms even under the most severe weather conditions.
google translation:It was a complex of new generation with automatic search and guidance on glossy object multichannel laser radiation (solid-state laser on aluminum oxide Al2O3) in which a small portion of aluminum atoms substituted by trivalent chromium, or simply - in a ruby crystal. To create a population inversion using optical pumping, ie, lighting, crystal, ruby powerful flash of light. Rubin shaped into a cylindrical rod whose ends carefully polished, silver-plated, and serve as a mirror for the laser. To highlight the ruby rod used pulsed xenon discharge flash lamp, through which the discharged battery of high voltage capacitors. Flash lamp has the shape of a spiral tube, twine around the ruby rod. Under the action of powerful light pulse in a ruby rod creates a population inversion, and thanks to the mirrors, lasing is excited, the duration of which slightly less than the duration of the flash lamp pumping. Especially for the "compression" has been grown artificial crystal weighing about 30 kg - "laser gun" in this sense cost "a lot of money." New installation required large amounts of energy. For its power powerful generators, battery-powered auxiliary power unit (APU) was used.
I vaguely recall the US having a system in development to blind enemy optics(and their operators) with the acronym CLAW or somesuch....I think I recall it being cancelled for being inhumane.
They had many systems, one laser defence system was even fielded in limited numbers in combat during ODS on some M2 IFV's, it was AN/VLQ-7 Active Protection System, that scanned field with one laser beam to search enemy optics, and with secojd stronger beam it destroyed these optics... it was however put back in magazines and was not seen later because of concerns about blinding humans.FlaggI vaguely recall the US having a system in development to blind enemy optics(and their operators) with the acronym CLAW or somesuch....I think I recall it being cancelled for being inhumane.