The Russian Navy has fitted the chilling new technology to its warships the Admiral Gorshkov and Admiral Kasatonov – which are part of Russia’s Northern Sea fleet.
Called the 5P-42 Filin, meaning Eagle Owl, the sci-fi weapon can cause troops to miss their targets by blinding them, making them delirious and want to be sick.
It can also “effectively suppress” night vision technology, laser distance sensors and range-finding systems for anti-tank missiles from three miles away, manufacturer Ruselectronics claims.
The weapon, the Filin 5P-42, is said to serve as a protective shield that causes neurological symptoms in its targets, including hallucinations and nausea. The video depicts the strobe weapon firing of blinding bursts of light from a Russian navy ship in the Gulf of Finland. Filin translates to ‘eagle-owl and is reportedly capable of neutralizing scopes, laser position finders and the aiming systems of guided missiles, and of blinding enemy personnel at a distance of up to five kilometers.
It works at night and in the twilight, but the Russian manufacturer Roselectronica is currently working on a device that will be as effective during daytime as well.
The spokesman for Ruselectronics, Sergey Abramov, said: “It deprives criminals of an opportunity to provide accurate fire or keep track of combat troops transfer.”
The weapon was tested on volunteers who shot assault rifles, sniper rifles, and machine guns at targets that were protected by the Filin.
All of the volunteers had trouble aiming because they were unable to see the target.
Also, their physical condition was affected with 45% feeling sick, dizzy and disorientated.
About 20% of the volunteers also reported seeing a “ball of light moving in front of the eyes”.
Many of those, who witnessed the device in action, have indeed said that they saw “a light patch constantly drifting before their eyes, causing an almost hallucinating effect. Most spoke about dizziness, nausea, and disorientation,” Vladimir Zharov, a department head at the Ruselectronics plant, told Zvezda.
The weapon was first unveiled in December as a tool for law enforcement.