Russia offers new types of radio frequency weapons
26 October 2001
At the recentMaritime and Aerospace Exhibition LIMA 2001 held in Langkawi in Malaysia, Russia demonstrated two radio frequency weapons, the Ranets-E and the Rosa-E.
Research and development of the weapons, which is based on the assumption that it is possible to disable not only guidance systems of high precision weapons, but also their electric circuits by generating certain levels of electromagnetic radiation began in the late 1990s. The State arms exporter Rosoboronexport, then called Rosvooruzheniye, initiated the export-oriented research.
The co-operation between the state arms exporter and military researchers resulted in the preparation of two commercially oriented projects, Ranets-E and Rosa-E, which can be offered to potential clients.
The Ranets-E project involves the creation of a mobile radio frequency defense system against high precision weapons. The system consists of an antenna system, a high-capacity power generator, control and measuring equipment, and an energy supply sub-system. Ranets-E can be installed on a stationary or mobile base.
Its output capacity exceeds 500 megawatts; Ranets-E works in the centimetre wave frequency-range and produces impulses of 10-20 nanoseconds. Rosoboronexport claims the Ranets-E radio frequency 'cannon' is can incapacitate an enemy's high precision weapons out to a range of 10 kilometres in a 60-degree-angle sector. The system is expected to disable missiles' guidance and electric systems.
Rosa-E is designed to bring down enemy's radar systems. It has a range of 500 kilometres. Rosa-E can be installed in an aircraft when produced in a modified casing weighing 600-1,500 kilograms. Rosa-E's input capacity is 50-100 kilowatts, its output capacity is 5-10 kilowatts. Rosa-E also works in the centimetre wave frequency range.
This equipment is not COTS. Potential customers need to clearly define their tactical and technical preferences and finance the Russian researchers' and producers' work. T
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