Illustration for article titled Russias Testing a Microwave Gun That Will De-Arm Drones at 6 Miles

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 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—incpabale, 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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