Russia has developed powerful LASERS to shoot down enemy satellites as experts warn a space war could break out 'within years'
Russia claims it has developed powerful lasers to fire at enemy satellites in orbit.
The plane-mounted lasers form part of an anti-satellite system that also involves both radar and ground-based components, reports claim.
The news comes after a US Air Force chief warned yesterday that space warfare could break out between superpower nations 'within years'.
According to an anonymous source quoted by Russian news agency Interfax, weapons maker Almaz-Antey has 'completed work on an anti-satellite complex'.
The system includes a laser mounted onto an aircraft as well as relevant ground control gear and radar that will help the device to find targets.
It will utilise a brand-new, as-yet-unnamed type of aircraft, the source said.
The claim has not been verified by independent sources, but the Moscow-based weapons firm is known to be developing anti-satellite weaponry for Russia's military.
Last April, Almaz-Antey general designer Pavel Sozinov told Russian news agency Ria Novosti that it was developing weapons that could interfere electronically with or achieve 'direct functional destruction of those elements deployed in orbit'.
He said the project was commissioned by Russian leaders.