Russia's Testing a 'Microwave Gun' That Will De-Arm Drones at Six Miles

By Jamie Condliffe on at

A Russian state-owned engineering company has developed, and is now testing, a new kind of super-high-frequency gun that is said to be capable of deactivating unmanned aerial vehicles from over six miles away.

Sputnik News claims that a representative from Russia’s United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation has explained the capabilities, though not the technical features, of the new device. According the spokesperson:

“The new system is equipped with a high-power relativistic generator and reflector antenna, management and control system, and a transmission system which is fixed on the chassis of BUK surface-to-air missile systems. When mounted on a special platform, the ‘microwave gun’ is capable of ensuring perimeter defense at 360 degrees.”

The purpose of the device seems to be to render modern airborne systems — be they drones, fighter jets or high-precision ballistics — incapable, by deactivating on-board radio electronic equipment. It’s suspected the new device will be demonstrated at a forthcoming Military exposition, Army-2015, in the coming days. [Sputnik News via Business Insider via Engadget]

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