SOVIET BATTLEFIED LASERS

Created: 3/1/1984

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SECRET WNIKTEL

Intsragency Study on Soviet Battlefield Lasers

Preface

The purpose cl this study ia tofafS)TaAHBfMi*attB">jfc

atudy on battlefield lasers and to attempt to fill some gaps. The teras of reference are the aaaej namely to address tha lasue of very-low- to medium-energy tactical laaer capahilitles of the Soviet Onion and Varaaw Pact countries and the threat these pose to OS and NATO forces. Topics to ha covered include:

o Technical characteriatics of deployed and projected

Soviet/Warsaw Pact laaer eysteas In their primary,rolea.

eployed laser order-of-battle for Soviet/Warsaw Pact military equipment (tanks, armored vehicles, personnel carrlera, helicopters, and aircraft).

o Performance of deployed and projeoted laser systems used in any aecondary or ancillaryangefinder usedountenoeaaureensor or as anblinding weapon.

o Projected Soviet battlefield laser weapon

KEY JUDGMENTS

V* estimate that there are thousand* of battlefield lasers, in particular laser rangefinders, currently In the first echelon cf Soviet/Yaraav pact forces. These lasers are antlperscnnel threat.

Flret generation laser weapone are being developed thatould be capable of being fielded by theVe basedgment on good evidence of Soviet research and development in direct aupport of laser antisensor/antipersonnel weapons. we have no direct evidence of Soviet deployoent plans-

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SECTION I. INTRODUCTION

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3ECTION II. MILITARY-RELATED LASER RESEARCH

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Soviet Laser and Laser-Related Orgunleat 3

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SECTION III. LASER ADJUNCTS TO MILITARY SYSTEMS

Iapact of Vareev Pact Laeere on NATO

Laser Order of

J. Military Tactics and

4. Characteristics and

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SECTION II MILITART-RSLATSDSARCH

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IbvTct-Leser and Laser RslatM Raseareh+

tus of Soviet Laser Research

the last few years, sore than twenty

reflect technology that could have found its wayrogramthe deployment of aailitary laser eyetoa sometime froaignties onward.

Hitary Tactics and Training

In order to asses, the threat that Soviet battlefieldn to DS syateas, ve have to examine how thoae lasers are employed In Soviet taotics. The ground-baaed LR? described in Section III are deployed at the regiment level or below. Scenariosegiaental attackrontline defense Ulaa-trats battlefield laser tactics. fM

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Oaractsrlatica and Performance

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LRPuick, accurata atthod for measuring tha a stinciarget. The uaa of LRP haa greatly enhanceduracy of field artillery in direot and indirect firing. Pi ocaduraa uaing LRP have iaprovad the accuracy of locating anda forward observer by an order of magnitude. ier, to obtaining accurate range and azimuth to the targeta, tra forward observer uses the LRP to conduct precisioniona and to adjust fire by laslng on artillery round elgnaturea.

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