The Russian station of visual and optical interference 5P-42 “Filin” can be effectively used for disorienting and blinding the enemy, according to American scientists. About this they reported portal LiveScience.
“Impairment of vision with the help of light is not something difficult or implausible,” said Jonathan Weinave, an assistant professor of neuroscience at New York University.
According to him, even car headlights or bright sunlight can blind a person.
In addition, experts stated that the installation “Filin” may well have a hallucinogenic effect. This action can be achieved with bright flashing flashes. According to them, such techniques are often used in various optical illusions. At the same time, in order to achieve the hallucinogenic effect of weapons, the light used must be extremely bright, said Christopher Haney of Johns Hopkins University.
However, according to experts, the weapon can provoke significant disorientation and dizziness only in people with photosensitivity.
As noted by the interlocutors of the portal, at the moment the real danger of “Filin” is that too little is known about the installation. And this weapon may be the best way to create truly “disturbing” visual effects.
At the beginning of February, the press service of Roselectronics announced that the frigate Admiral Kasatonov fleet, undergoing factory tests, and the ship Admiral Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov were already equipped with the station Filin. The equipment will also be installed on two frigates of project 22350, which are being built at the Severnaya Verf plant.
The installation, developed by Experimental Plant Integral JSC, is designed to suppress visual-optical and optical-electronic channels of observation and aiming of small arms in the dark, as well as melee weapons used against surface ships and boats of the fleet. The action of the station is based on the modulation of the brightness of the light radiation. Low-frequency fluctuations in the brightness of radiation due to the excitation of the optic nerves cause temporary reversible disorders of the organs of vision.
According to representatives of Ruselectronics, volunteers who experienced the impact of the “Filin” noted the impossibility of firing small-arms fire at targets concealed by the complex when placed at a distance of two kilometers from the shooters’ positions due to the lack of visibility of the target. At the same time, every fifth volunteer felt the hallucinogenic effect, and about half of the testers noted signs of disorientation in space, as well as nausea and dizziness.
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