A state-owned Russian 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 10km 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 defence 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.
Picture: US Air Force