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29 September 2016

India May Consider Laser Weapons

Press reports circulating in India suggest that the nation may soon be giving some consideration to the development and adoption of laser-based weapon systems among the range of possible responses to Pakistan’s military activities.

The report suggests that official think tank Niti Aayog is examining options for future development that include disruptive technologies. Laser systems will feature prominently, it is suggested, in Niti Aayog’s 15-year ‘vision document,’ which is likely to replace current five-year plans as a foundation for future policy development.

The deployment of laser systems along the Line of Control between India and Pakistan could radically transform the security situation in the border region. Advantages such as precision targeting and low life cycle costs are obviously attractive – but there are significant challenges to developing reliable and sustainable systems, that will need to be easily transportable, rugged, easily maintained and operable under all the weather conditions