Kremlin-backed scientists at futuristic arms firm Techmash are carrying out studies on projectiles for multiple launch rocket systems that will hit targets with electromagnetic pulses. The proposed high-tech weapons sound like they belong in the secret bunker of a James Bond villain. Electronic warfare is a major element of Moscow’s military organisation and Vladimir Putin’s defence chiefs said its efficiency had been highlighted in Russian operations in Syria.
But unlike earlier generations of electronic warfare systems, these powerful new weapons would be designed not just to suppress, jam or create a false electronic environment but also hit an enemy target, “burning” missile homing heads, means of communication, satellite navigation and operation.
Techmash Deputy Director General Alexander Kochkin said: “The issue of creating such projectiles is being discussed.
“There are conceptual ideas which we are ready to put in place should there be any request from the customer.”
Last year, the Russian Army started testing integral parts of a ground-based electronic warfare system capable of defending troops and civil facilities against aerospace attacks.
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said all military conflicts show that electronic warfare means are most of all effective and in great demand in troops in all areas.
And according to Russia’s Electronic Warfare Force Commander Major-General Yuri Lastochkin, modern Russian military technology surpasses Western rivals by a number of characteristics, including the range of its operation.
He said this was achieved through the use of more powerful transmitters and more effective antenna systems.
The US and Israel are also reported to be carrying out work to create electromagnetic missiles at a time of growing tensions in the volatile Middle East.
The US has deployed warships and troops in the region amid fears of military conflicts with Iran.