I don't know how much firepower this secret Soviet laser tank has, but it sure looks like the kind of thing I'd like to have handy in case of alien invasion.
It isn't nearly as deadly as the 33-megajoules Navy railgun, that's for sure. In fact, the 1K17 tank—which used 66-pound synthetic ruby rods at the heart of its laser system—wasn't designed to destroy enemy fighters. Its objective was to blind pilots and weapons systems, dazzling optical and electronic mechanisms even under the most severe weather conditions. Or that's what they claim, anyway.