Roman Abramovich has installed a laser shield aboard his new yacht to prevent photographers taking intrusive pictures.

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has installed a laser shield aboard his new yacht to prevent photographers taking intrusive pictures. The 170m yacht, named Eclipse, was built in Germany at a reported cost of £725 million.

Infrared sensors around the yacht detect emissions from cameras’ light sensors, and automatically fire a beam of light at the source, disrupting the camera’s digital imaging capability. The system, dubbed an ‘anti-paparazzi shield’, can also be operated manually by the yacht’s security personnel.

Eclipse is currently undergoing builder’s trials, and will become the fourth yacht in Abramovich’s fleet when it is delivered to him in December. (photo – Hein)