Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of Russian military aviation in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says that new types of laser weapons developed in Russia will significantly enhance the nation's military capability.

Speaking during Friday's meeting with top officials, Putin specifically mentioned the Peresvet, the military's first laser weapon that entered service last fall.

Peresvet is a high-energy laser, whose specific data and purpose have remained secret. It's believed to be capable of blinding enemy electro-optical devices and downing drones.

Putin told officials that some other new laser weapons under development "until just recently only figured in science fiction." He added that such weapons "will determine the combat potential of the Russian army and navy for decades ahead."

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on new weapons in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Friday, May 17, 2019. Putin said that new laser weapons developed in Russia will significantly enhance the nation's military capability. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)