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What we know about Russia’s new laser weapons, Peresvet and Zadira

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Russia claimed on Friday that it used powerful laser weapons in its brutal war on Ukraine; the ‘next generation’ weapons were used to burn down drones launched by Ukrainian forces, according to Moscow. The weapons are thought to include a mobile laser system first announced by Vladimir Putin in 2018 and capable of blinding orbiting satellites as well as destroying drones, according to Russia.

The use of lasers by Russia has heightened fears of advanced weaponry, such as the Kinzhal hypersonic missile or even nuclear or chemical weapons. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky appears unconcerned (for the time being) and has mocked Russia, comparing the laser weapons to Nazi Germany’s “wonder weapons” promised to avoid defeat in World War II.

In 2018, Putin debuted a slew of new weapons, including an intercontinental ballistic missile, underwater nuclear drones, a supersonic weapon, and a laser system.

It is unclear how many laser weapons systems Russia controls; the names of at least two of them, Peresvet and Zadira, have been circulated.

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In 2018, Putin unveiled Peresvet, a weapon named after a mediaeval warrior monk named Alexander Peresvet. The weapon’s capabilities and capabilities are unknown. It can be used against drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, according to military experts, but bad weather can thwart it.

On Wednesday, Russia’s deputy prime minister in charge of military development, Yury Borisov, claimed that Peresvet had been deployed and that it could blind satellites up to 1,500 kilometres above the Earth.

Borisov also warned of even more powerful laser weapons systems, such as those capable of destroying drones and other equipment, and claimed that they had been deployed in Ukraine. “…the first prototypes are already in use there,” he said, adding that the weapon’s name is Zadira.

“If Peresvet blinds, then the new generation of laser weapons results in the target’s physical destruction – thermal destruction, they burn up,” he told Russian state television. Borisov claimed that a military test (which he did not independently verify) resulted in a drone five kilometres away being destroyed in five seconds.

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Zadira, like Peresvet, is a character about whom little is known. According to Reuters, Russian media reported in 2017 that the state nuclear corporation Rosatom was assisting in the development of a laser weapon as part of a programme to develop weapons based on new physical principles.

A retired Australian army major general told The Washington Post that weapons like Zadira could take down reconnaissance drones and Ukrainian artillery, as well as blind Ukrainian soldiers. However, he added, the latter tactic is prohibited by international convention.

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Review of the spy thriller “Heart of Stone”: Alia Bhatt shines.

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Review of the spy thriller “Heart of Stone”: Alia Bhatt shines.

In a realm where intrigue and suspense collide, Bollywood’s beloved star Alia Bhatt has once again proven her mettle in the enthralling spy thriller “Heart of Stone.” Directed by the visionary Raj Mehta, this cinematic marvel takes audiences on a roller-coaster ride through espionage, deception, and unrelenting action, with Bhatt’s luminous performance at its epicenter.

A Glimpse into the Plot

“Heart of Stone” delves into the shadowy world of espionage, where nothing is as it seems, and allegiances can crumble in an instant. Bhatt’s character, Maya Verma, is a compelling enigma—a resolute intelligence operative navigating a labyrinth of covert operations and intricate deceptions. As the layers of the narrative peel away, Maya finds herself ensnared in a high-stakes game where trust is elusive and danger lurks in every frame.

The Resplendent Alia Bhatt

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Alia Bhatt’s portrayal of Maya Verma is nothing short of a revelation. Known for her remarkable versatility, Bhatt imbues Maya with a potent mix of strength and vulnerability. With every expression, every gesture, she breathes life into a character that resonates on both emotional and cerebral levels. Bhatt’s artistry reaches its zenith as Maya grapples with inner demons while outwitting her adversaries—a captivating dance that only an actress of her caliber could orchestrate.

Raj Mehta’s Directorial Panache

Raj Mehta, celebrated for his directorial finesse, orchestrates the tapestry of “Heart of Stone” with masterful precision. Seamlessly weaving heart-thumping action sequences and labyrinthine plot twists, Mehta keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. His meticulous attention to detail manifests in every scene, painting a cinematic canvas that’s as thrilling as it is visually arresting.

Supporting Cast: A Tapestry of Brilliance

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The constellation of talent in “Heart of Stone” goes beyond Alia Bhatt. The ensemble cast, featuring Rajkummar Rao, Aditi Rao Hydari, and Vicky Kaushal, contributes to the film’s tapestry with their impeccable performances. The chemistry between the characters adds depth to the narrative, amplifying the emotional resonance and enriching the overall storytelling.

A Symphony of Cinematic Excellence

“Heart of Stone” is an embodiment of cinematic finesse. The film’s production values, from picturesque locations to evocative cinematography, envelop the viewer in a sensory feast. The musical score, composed with an acute understanding of the narrative’s ebbs and flows, elevates the tension and emotions, further ensnaring the audience in the movie’s spellbinding aura.

A Triumph of Genre Fusion

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Critics and audiences alike have bestowed “Heart of Stone” with effusive praise for its seamless fusion of espionage, action, and drama. The film’s ingenious plot twists, coupled with Alia Bhatt’s extraordinary performance, thrust it into the echelons of standout espionage thrillers. It’s a symphony of storytelling that resonates long after the credits roll.

In a year replete with cinematic treasures, “Heart of Stone” stands tall as an embodiment of brilliance. Alia Bhatt’s luminosity shines with unparalleled intensity, solidifying her place as one of Bollywood’s brightest stars. This cinematic tour de force is a must-watch, an experience that unearths the magic created when remarkable talent converges to craft an indelible cinematic journey.

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