Russia to Start Anti-Drone Gun Trials

One of the latest developments in small arms are anti-drone guns. With the increasing adoption and use of unmanned vehicles, the need for a portable handheld weapon system capable of destroying them becomes more and more important. I won’t be surprised if we see world’s major armies adopting such weapons in near future (at squad or platoon level).

Images by Lokmas

Earlier we saw several developments of this new weapon type. Since 2016 a Russian company called Lokmas (Локмас) manufactures such anti-drone guns, too. And just recently the Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation has shown interest in this weapon system. The company representatives have had a meeting with Russian military officials. As a result of negotiations, the manufacturer will submit some samples for military trials, which will start by the end of April 2017. The results of these trials will probably lead to a new solicitation, which in turn will be a basis to design a new dedicated military version of the weapon.

This jammer is designed to be used by one operator and doesn’t require any special training or skills. Its effective range is 500 meters. The way it works is it uses optical and electrical jamming measures to cut the communication of the drone with its control station. It also has a laser which can disable the surveillance cameras on UAVs. This weapon was initially designed not for military but for civilian/security use. It is meant to disable drones without necessarily damaging them.

Is it correct to call these weapons guns or firearms? It is arguable. They don’t launch a projectile but are rather jammers. However, they are capable of doing damage at a distance.

Sources:

Военное.рф

http://antikopter.ru/



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  • noob

    interesting – what happens if you use it on a phone? can you stop a person making a call or using their GPS? some of the bands are the same, even if the multiplexing and waveforms are different. if this just dumps noise in the band it might be able to prevent the phone from picking out any signal.

    Also will the laser be powerful enough to permanently damage vision if pointed at an unprotected human?

    • Ignacio Muñoz Diaz

      Simply don’t have any need to do that….. Russia have anothers systems to block GPS and cellular phones

    • nonobaddog

      In Russia if you want to stop somebody from making a call you just shoot them, then take their phone away.

  • USMC03Vet

    Looks like something out of Perfect Dark. It’s 2017 so there should be higher polygon counts.

    • Nergyl

      Dammit, you’re right. I can already imagine the corny stock sound effects and weird alternate fire mode.

  • b0x3r0ck

    The second you have to make the choice between an anti-drone gun and your weapon there is already a design flaw. It needs to be an underbarrel attachment, something that goes on the helmet and/or something mounted to your back. Even making this a chassis system for your pistol is a better ideal.

    • Blake

      The tech isn’t nearly small enough for that yet. And with the way drones are used in surveillance and combat really doesn’t make having to switch weapons a big problem. At least as of right now.

      • b0x3r0ck

        You know what else was used mainly for surveillance….”the air plane” and we all know how that ended up.

  • gunsandrockets

    Jammer or Ray Gun, either description seems sensible enough.

  • LazyReader

    This looks like dyson’s latest vacuum

  • I wonder what a FAC laser designator like the AN/PED-1 would do to a drone, and if it could be easily tuned or redesigned to have anti-drone functionality.

  • KidCorporate

    All that happens when you pull the trigger is it sends out Tweets stating the drone has indeed been shot down.