TASS said that Russian forces used stun guns from Stupor to neutralize enemy UAVs during a special military operation in Ukraine.
“Stupor electromagnetic weapons systems are used to counter small Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the special military operation.” Russia’s TASS news agency on July 6 quoted a source in the country’s defense industry.
The source said the Stupor stun gun was “highly effective and easy to operate” in combat. “Just aim at the target and press the button, Stupor will suppress the control signal between the UAV and the operator, causing the drone to be disabled,” this person said.
Russian forces need personal anti-UAV systems like Stupor as the Ukrainian military increases the use of small drones for reconnaissance and attack purposes on the battlefield.
The source declined to disclose the specific operational positions of the units using the Stupor stun guns, but said they were successfully used in the western region of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).
The Russian Defense Ministry has not commented on the information.
Russian authorities have not released reports on the use of personal anti-UAV weapons in a special military operation in Ukraine. The Russian Ministry of Defense often announces attacks on UAVs with surface-to-air missiles, anti-aircraft weapons and signal jamming stations.
The Stupor Mobile Anti-UAV System, manufactured by the Robotics Research and Development Center of the Russian Ministry of Defense, is used to deal with small UAVs. The Stupor electromagnetic gun prototype was unveiled to the public at the Army 2017 international arms show.
Stupor operates at a range of 2 km with an angle of 20 degrees, emitting an electromagnetic pulse to knock down the control channel, causing the UAV to lose contact with the operator, then lose control and fall. The electromagnetic gun model can also block the control and transmission channels of small UAVs, as well as their cameras in the operating frequency range.