Russia Deploys New Blinding Weapons

“Filin 5P-42, a non-lethal visual-optical inference device, has been deployed aboard Russian navy frigates Admiral Gorshkov and Admiral Kasatonov.”

Russia  state-run RIA Novosti

A Russian Admiral Gorshkov-class frigate. (Russian Defense Ministry)

Russia is deploying a new kind of weapons aboard its warships, Russian state media reported. The weapon emits an oscillating beam of high-intensity light designed to cause temporary blindness, disorientation, and even nausea. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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The weapon reportedly has a range of up to 5 kilometres, The weapon was successfully tested against volunteers firing assault weapons, sniper rifles, and machine guns at targets protected by Filin from two kilometers away.

How Does It Work?

The new device is a dazzler-type weapon that works like a strobe light, emitting an oscillating beam of high-intensity light that negatively affects an enemy’s ability to aim at night.

Is It Legal under International Humanitarian Law?

Blinding weapons, particularly lasers, that cause permanent blindness are prohibited by the Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons.

As Russia’s weapon reportedly only causes temporary blindness, there is no restriction against the use of such weapons.

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Russia Deploys New Blinding Weapon

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