New Russian Anti-Missile Laser Displayed Abroad
How does the anti-missile system known as the Manta Laser fight terrorism?
The Manta Laser, which is attached to the aircraft, blocks or jams guided missiles. Homing missiles represent the biggest threat to aircraft today and according to the CIA, America’s supply of Stinger missiles turned the course of the Afghan War against Russia. Defense experts claim that this missile guidance method in which a guided missile contains a radar transceiver and the electronics necessary for it to find and track its target autonomously is a very powerful weapon in this nuclear age.
How has the Manta Laser been received by military systems around the world?
Demand for anti-missile systems is in tandem with the increase in terrorism, and Manta is a joint venture assumed by Indra, a Spanish defense firm. Fears of terrorism are expected to make anti-missile systems commonplace on civilian as well as fighter jets. The Manta Laser’s first customer is slated to be a military transport plane-maker early next year. The anti-missile system is said to be cheaper and of “similar” quality to America’s Guardian, which cost about one million dollars each to produce. Demand for anti-missile systems is growing. According to Aleksandr Kisletsov, Head of Exports at Manta:
“The panic caused by terrorism threatens the very existence of flight. You need a technical response…There are 13 companies from 5 different countries integrated… on this project.”
Has Manta Laser become a new symbol for military cooperation with the West?
Russia must find new partners and diversify their supply of anti-missile systems. As NATO encroaches on Russia’s traditional partners, Manta must serve as a symbol of military cooperation. Clients are demanding the best of technology and security.
Which if any, will win?
Time alone will tell.