A microwave relay dish used to relay telephone calls and television signals between nearby cities. Not the microwave cannon in question.
The newest weapon in Russia’s arsenal is apparently a microwave cannon, according to state-owned Russian media. The gun can reportedly disable drones and warheads at a distance of up to six miles and is scheduled to be demonstrated in a series of private tests this week.
A representative from (state-owned) United Instrument Manufacturing Corp that built the weapon described the device to (state-owned) Sputnik News this way:
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.
The microwave cannon, if it’s as effective as officials say, runs parellel with US projects to build battle-ready, energy-based weapons. The Navy has shown off its boringly named Laser Weapons System (LaWS) blowing up targets, as you can see at the video below.
Meanwhile Lockeed Martin is developing a death laser of its own. All of that is to say nothing of the Navy’s slightly more conventional “Electric Cannon” (read: railgun).
Given how all the information comes from Russian-owned organizations and there’s no footage of the device in action yet, it’s hard to tell exactly how effective the weapon is. But if it really can knock drones and warheads out of the air with ease, that lends even more power to Russia’s already impressive cold war arsenal.
Fabio Evangelista is a Brazilian writer.
Crossed Paths is the first book of the Myra-Hati trilogy, an epic adventure in a post-apocalyptic world, for the lovers of sci-fi / fantasy genre. This is the author’s first work published in America.