Russian weapons manufacturer Kalashnikov demonstrated its REX-1 anti-drone gun at the International Military-Technical Forum 'Army 2017' expo.RT
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Kalashnikov Concern has also decided to compete in this market and has unveiled its own anti-drone gun, the “REX-1.”
Nikita Khamitov, head of the special projects department at Zala Aero Group (Kalashnikov Concern's sister company, which develops these kinds of weapons) told Russia Beyond the REX-1 is a radio magnetic gun which suppresses the command and control channels of the world's most commonly encountered drones. It's also fitted with a number of interchangeable electromagnetic and infrared units that suppress GSM, GPS, GLONASS, Galileo [the last three are various types of satellite navigation systems], and other channels.
According to Khamitov, it’s possible to change the barrel of this gun and install the necessary components in a matter of seconds, just like changing the magazine on an assault rifle.
The REX-1 is capable of continuous fire for four hours. The user can then either recharge it for four hours using an ordinary 220-volt socket, or slot in an additional battery for uninterrupted use.
Drones will react differently to this sort of fire. Depending on the precise model, drones have two default modes in case communication is lost with the operator: They either return to the start point or land automatically land.
"In the latter case the drone will disappear from enemy radars, and you effectively have a new toy in your hands," Khamitov added.
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