A private demonstration of Russia’s new drone-disabling microwave gun took place last week at the Russian Defence Ministry’s Army-2015 expo.
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,” said a spokesman for the Kremlin-owned United Instrument Manufacturing Corp, according to Sputnik News.
As well as its reported capabilities for taking out drones and warheads, the ‘microwave gun’ is said to disrupt radio frequencies and “deactivate the equipment” of low-flying planes, the report said.
The system has a range of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) and can be fired in any direction.
“This mobile microwave irradiation complex performs off-frequency rejection of electronics aboard low-altitude aerial targets and warheads of high precision weapons,” a source in Rostech Corporation told TASS.
“In terms of performance capabilities, the complex has no competitors in the world,” the source said in a Russia Today report. All the equipment is mounted on a tracked Buk missile air defense transportation platform.
The newest Russian military aircraft, the Yak-130 was also on show at the Army-2015 expo, an international military forum that took place at the ‘Patriot’ military amusement park.
The Kremlin will also add hundreds of drones to its military by 2025 and unveil the new Armata T-14 tank. It is said to have ceramic armour which is 50% stronger than traditional equipment, a powerful 125-millimetre cannon and an electronic warning system to head off potential mechanical problems.