The state tests of Rex-1 electronic weapon designed to combat unmanned vehicles are expected to start in 2018. The device has been developed by ZALA AERO GROUP, a member of Concern Kalashnikov of the Rostec State Corporation, and was demonstrated at the Army-2017 Forum. If the tests are a success, this non-lethal weapon is expected to be commercialized as various security, defence and law enforcement agencies are interested in purchasing it.
Rex-1 rifle resembles a machine gun but it does not fire any rounds. It has an integrated suppression module that masks out signals of GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo satellite navigation systems within a radius of five kilometres. The device is also capable of blocking GSM, 3G, LTE signals and jamming at the frequencies of 900 MHz, 2.4, 5.2–5.8 GHz. When Rex-1 is fired at an aerial vehicle, the drone gets out of contact with the control point and lands smoothly.
This electronic device weighing 4.2 kg is equipped with batteries ensuring the operation of all devices for 3 hours. It is designed for operation under temperatures of -40 to +50 оC. The compact weapon is put on standby by pressing one button.
Rex-1 is designed for ensuring safety at secure facilities and for special counter-terrorist missions. The weapon can also be used for engineering tasks, neutralization of homemade bombs activated via a mobile phone signal.