The Russian navy claims to have equipped warships with a high-tech weapon capable of making the rival soldiers temporarily blind, disorientated and inactive.
Russian media reports that two North Fleet frigates have been supplied with the new “non-lethal dazzler, 5P-42 Filin” – as described by the manufacturer – “a non-lethal optical device capable of preventing enemies from correctly targeting their own weapons. “
The rushing weapon produced by Ruselectronics, based on its description, emits a vibrating high intensity light beam that can not only suppress the enemy’s targeting capabilities but disturb the night vision technology and laser target sensors.
But the most extreme and perhaps dubious claim is that it can cause hallucinations when it targets enemy gatherings or boats.
A recent weapon battlefield simulation test was considered successful, as reported by the Russian media:
During the tests, volunteers used targeting guns, sniper rifles, and machine guns to shoot targets located up to 2 kilometers away and protected by that device. Everyone had trouble targeting because they “could not see the target”.
45% of volunteers reported a feeling of dizziness, nausea and disorientation. 20% are said to have suffered hallucinations, described as “a sphere of light moving in front of our eyes”. The company did not specify how many people participated in the exam.
While the gun was introduced for the first time in December and circulated mainly to the law enforcement agency, the ultra-modern Gorshkov frigates and the admiral Kasatonov now also feature this equipment.
Russian state sources argue that the weapon has a range of up to 5 kilometers, making the range so important that the source can easily be hidden from such a distance. However, the weapon has not been observed in action or has not been tested by an external or international source.
There is currently a level of minimum international restrictions on the use of similar weapons of battle in the field of battle, but internationally agreed protocols attempt to keep up with the fast-growing defense technology industry.
According to these Protocols, the armies are forbidden to develop weapons that cause permanent blindness, which Filin’s makers say does not, but could cause temporary blindness.
As analysts say: “As Russia’s weapon provokes only temporary blindness, there will be no legal restrictions on its use.”
Interestingly, US officials accused Russia of making an illegal “sonic attack” last year using a similar device that would cause mysterious brain injuries and nausea to the embassy staff in Cuba. But scientists later said the strange sound in the Havana embassy area was probably from … crickets.