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Whether it’s delivering contraband to individuals in prison, risking people’s safety by straying into flight paths, or breaching security by snapping photos and video where they’re not allowed, drones have been risking security in many ways, so the demand for anti-drone technologies is increasing. A new anti-UAV gun called Pishal has been introduced by Avtomatika Concern, a subsidiary of the Russian Rostec state corporation. The weapon system will be sold both in the military/law enforcement and civilian markets.
The Pishal system interrupts the connection between the UAV and control station. It is said to have an effective range of up to 2,000 meters and can work in frequencies from 600 MHz to 6,000 MHz. Pishal weighs three kilograms (about 6 lbs 10 oz) which makes it quite lightweight for use by a single operator. It is also advertised to be harmless for the operator.
The company officials informed the RIA Novosti news agency that starting from 2019, Pishal anti-drone guns will be supplied to various Russian law enforcement and military units. Currently, they are setting up the mass production of this weapon system in Kaluga Electromechanical Plant.
Reportedly, this anti-UAV weapon has been successfully tested in combat. The representative of Concern Avtomatika said that in July 2018, this weapon was used to successfully prevent more than 20 UAV attacks. Thefirearmblog.com evaluates that the testing of the anti-drone gun has been conducted in Syria.
TASS news agency reports that these weapons will be also available in the domestic civilian market. Presumably, it can be used for protecting private properties from attempts of UAV intrusions.
It is still unknown if the civilian and military/LE versions will be the exact same devices or they will have different specifications.