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Roman Abramovich's Eclipse (VIDEO): Mega-Yacht Includes Missile Defense System, Laser Shield

06/20/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich boasts not only the world's largest plane (the 'Bandit'), but also the world's biggest yacht: a 557-foot mega-boat called the Eclipse, which recently set sail from Hamburg, Germany.

The luxury liner has more than a few high-tech amenities, including bullet-proof glass, a missile defense system, a submarine, and an anti-paparazzi laser shield. Estimates of cost of building the Eclipse have ranged from $400 million to $1.2 billion.

The Times describes the laser shield:

Infrared lasers detect the electronic light sensors in nearby cameras, known as charge-coupled devices. When the system detects such a device, it fires a focused beam of light at the camera, disrupting its ability to record a digital image.

The beams can also be activated manually by security guards if they spot a photographer loitering.

See photos of the Eclipse, and check out the video from Bloomberg below, which details the yacht's features.


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