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Russian Frigate With ‘Hallucinating’ Device Aboard Seals To Mediterranean

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Russian Frigate With 'Hallucinating' Device Aboard Seals To Mediterranean

Admiral Gorshkov. IMAGE: RIA Novosti / Alexander Galperin

Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov, first of the class, and three auxiliary ships are moving to the Mediterranean.

Earlier this week, Admiral Gorshkov sailed through the English Channel after a stop off the Scottish coast, where it was shadowed by HMS ‘Defender’, a 4,500-ton guided missile frigate of the Royal Navy.

Local media released multiple reports about this development. Most of them were focused on a “hallucination-inducing device” on board of the Russian frigate. The frigate is reported to have been fitted with the Filin 5P-42 weapon, a “visual optical interference” device.

The Filin 5P-42 is believed to cause “dizziness, nausea and feelings of disorientation” among enemy personnel. The system causes a strobe-like effect that disrupts eyesight, seriously hampering the soldier’s ability to aim at night. According to reports, the weapon system is reportedly capable of “effectively suppressing” night vision tech, laser distance sensors and pointing systems for anti-tank missiles from a range of up to 5km.

The device is believed to have been installed on Gorshkov-class frigates, but there are no verifiable reports that it was used in situations other than sea trials.

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