Russian army confirms use of Stupor anti-drone rifle in Ukraine

The Russian news agency TASS, echoed by Boyko Nikolov on, writes that, according to its source from the Russian army, the latest Stupor anti-drone system was used for the first time during the war in Ukraine. This system was unveiled at the international military-technical forum Army-2017 near Kubinka and Moscow.
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Stupor electromagnetic anti-drone gun. (Picture source: Lokmas)

MOSCOW, July 6. /TASS/. Stupor, Russia’s advanced electromagnetic weapon against unmanned aerial vehicles, has been used for the first time during the special military operation in Ukraine, a security source has told TASS. "Russia’s Stupor electromagnetic systems were used for the first time during the special operation in Ukraine, against Ukrainian drones," the source said. In his words, the device has demonstrated its high efficiency and operability.

"Just as you press a button, Stupor jams the operator’s signal to the drone. After that, the drone is neutralized and forced to land in a designated area. The need for such portable anti-drone weapons became evident because the Ukrainian troops are using a large number of UAVs and various small copters," he said. The source did not elaborate on where exactly the anti-drone weapon was being used. TASS has no official confirmation of this information at the time of the publication.

Stupor was designed by the Russian Defense Ministry’s Main Robotics Research and Test Center to counter unmanned aerial vehicles, including copters, under direct visibility. A prototype of the device was unveiled at the Army-2017 International Military-Technical Forum.

The gun emits separate electromagnetic pulses to suppress channels used to operate a drone. As a result, the drone loses contact with its operator, while its uncontrolled flight ends in a crash. Stupor has a range of two kilometers, covering a 20-degree sector.

The device is capable of suppressing navigation and transmission channels used by unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as their photo and video cameras within the electro-optical range of frequencies. It can be charged from the grid, as well as from a car battery.


Boyko Nikolov on writes that the use of the Stupor electromagnetic rifle is the first officially documented fact from the Russian side. Until now, there has been no confirmation or information that the Russian military is using such weapons. The TASS source also said that Stupor is currently being used in the western part of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

Ukraine also uses similar electromagnetic rifles. already wrote that armed units of the Ukrainian army use the KVS G-6, which is of Ukrainian production. According to the characteristics of the rifle, the Ukrainian model has a greater range than the Russian analog (3.5 km) and can work continuously for up to 30 minutes. According to the manufacturer, the weapon can disrupt the transmission of video and remote control at 2.4 and 5 GHz, as well as GPS L2 [and L1] and Glonass signals. In addition, there are disc, amplified, and directional antennas. The principle of operation of the KVS G-6 is the same as that of the Russian Stupor – interruption of communication between the operator and the drone.