During the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, Russia’s cutting-edge electromagnetic weapon against unmanned aerial vehicles was tested for the first time.
According to Russian military sources TASS, the Russian electromagnetic system “Stupol” (Ступор) was successfully used for the first time against Ukrainian drones during a special military operation in Ukraine. These devices show considerable efficiency in use and are easy to use.
“Russia’s Stupor electromagnetic systems were used for the first time during the special operation in Ukraine, against Ukrainian drones,” the source said.
In his words, the device has demonstrated its high efficiency and operability.
“Just as you press a button, Stupor jams the operator’s signal to the drone. After that, the drone is neutralized and forced to land in a designated area. The need for such portable anti-drone weapons became evident, because the Ukrainian troops use are using a large number of UAVs and various small copters,” he said.
The source did not elaborate on where exactly the anti-drone weapon was being used.
TASS has no official confirmation of this information at the time of the publication.
Stupor was designed by the Russian Defense Ministry’s Main Robotics Research and Test Center to counter unmanned aerial vehicles, including copters, under direct visibility. A prototype of the device was unveiled at the Army-2017 International Military-Technical Forum.
The gun emits separate electromagnetic pulses to suppress channels used to operate a drone. As a result, the drone loses contact with its operator, while its uncontrolled flight ends in a crash. Stupor has a range of two kilometers, covering a 20 degree sector.
The device is capable of suppressing navigation and transmission channels used by unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as their photo and video cameras within the electro-optical range of frequencies. It can be charged from the grid, as well as from a car battery.