[ARMY 2017] Kalashnikov Concern/Zala Aero Group Releases REX-1

Kalashnikov Concern’s subsidiary Zala Aero Group has released a counter UAV device named the REX-1. The handheld device is designed to target a UAV/drone’s emergency land function, forcing it to land from a hovering position. Very importantly, it is designed to halt the location functions of a UAV by blocking out various geolocating systems, specifically U.S. GPS, Russian GLONASS, and Chinese BeiDou. Expanding upon its specifications, the device can block various mobile signals such as GSM, 3G, LTE. It can also jam the 900 Mhz range in addition to 2.4 GHz and 5.2-5.8 GHz wi-fi signals. The company says it has a range of one kilometer.

The device itself has a polymer stock with a pistol grip and Picatinny rail attachments. It has a sling, bipod, what appears to be an EoTech EXPS3, foregrip, a front sight (with no center post, and no rear sight), a flashlight that appears to strobe very brightly while the device is in operation, in addition to the core mechanisms of which there are numerous protrusions at the “muzzle” end of the device.

From the press release (Google Translated)

The weapon is equipped with a block of suppression, which drowns in the radius of five kilometers the signals of the US satellite navigation GPS, Russian GLONASS, Chinese BeiDou and European Galileo. Also, the device is capable of blocking GSM, 3G, LTE signals at a kilometer distance and interfering with frequencies of 900 Mhz, 2.4 GHz, 5.2 – 5.8 GHz. Thus, REX 1 disables the drone, but does not damage it physically – the aircraft loses its connection with the console and lands smoothly.

 

To put the device in combat readiness, just press one button. The weapon is equipped with a fastening system, so that it can be additionally fitted with sights, lights, target indicators, and also objective control devices.

The weight of REX 1 is 4.2 kg, while the model has a built-in battery that provides continuous operation of the device for 3 hours.

At the beginning of the promotional video, there were scenes taken from UAVs in use by various opposition groups in Syria, mostly of the UAVs dropping munitions on Iraqi or Syrian Arab Army forces. Although the UAV threat isn’t as pervasive as the SBVIED threat, these commercial drones have greatly added to the arsenal of the groups using them within Syria. Thus, the demand for C-UAVs by coalition and Russian forces has drastically gone up over the years.

Much thanks to Hrachya for translating this material!



Miles

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  • rychastings

    so why does it need the strobe light to jam?

    • PK

      90s techno always had strobelights, and with the tech lag… well, it makes sense.

    • FarmerB

      I suspect to dazzle the camera…

      • rychastings

        wouldnt it just expose your position? both to the drone operator and to nearby ground forces?

  • John

    Place explosive and a detonator on UAV. It drops and it goes boom anyway.

  • Brett baker

    Cool, but not as cool as drone defense shotgun rounds.

  • Mr.SATism

    Upside: can take down drones
    Downside: might give your location away
    Upside: sweet dance party in a gun

  • John

    Hmmm, I wonder if they are developing technology to stop cellphones from taking or sending videos. That would be just great for crooked cops/military…..hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    NAAAAAH! People are basically good!

  • Lau Lee Lin
  • Blackhorse

    This is only useful for older drones and some commercial drones. More high end modern drones have a automatic return mode that uses other means for return flight, that doesn’t require GPS or radio signals.
    Plus modern military grade GPS systems would require a lot more power and capabilities to jam than this handheld device is capable of doing.

  • Salty

    Uber Cool, a lightweight, handheld electromagnetic weapon designed specifically for use against flying robots