RUSSIAN boffins are developing powerful new gadgets that could prove more effective than nuclear weapons.
By Tom Towers
Radio-electronic weapons are capable of destroying all electronic equipment miles away and could bring down entire armies.
They employ electromagnetic emitters to disable missile warheads and onboard aircraft communication systems from miles away.
They can also jam a tank’s loading mechanism, blow up artillery shells inside a turret and kill enemy soldiers taking cover up to 100 metres underground with radiation.
Russia’s defence industry has reportedly devised the Alabuga, a new electro-magnetic missile that can disable all enemy electronics within a radius of 2.3 miles.
The military plans to install these weapons on its newest fighter drones to fend off enemy aircraft.
Scientists have also brought out the Listva, a remotely operated mine clearance vehicle which can neutralise explosives from up to 100 metres away.
It detects radio-controlled landmines and then uses high frequency rays to take them out.
Russia’s military will receive 150 of the vehicles over the next two years.
There are also fears Pyongyang is planning to target nuclear power stations, banks and government ministries in South Korea using an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon.
An EMP – used in nuclear bombs – unleashes electromagnetic radiation that damages volt-powered equipment and could cripple the South.