The Russian Navy boats have been equipped with a weapon that will cause the victims to hallucinate. The news was reported by the state-run media outlet RIA Novosti. The weapon, Filin 5P-42, makes use of oscillating beams of strong light that causes its targets to become confused and disoriented.
The weapon test, covered by the state media, included the volunteers that had to shoot at targets that were being defended by the new weapon. All of the volunteers were unable to hit anything at all owing to their instability and dizziness. Twenty percent of the volunteer group reported that they fault nauseous whereas the others said that they saw spots of light floating in their eyes, thus putting them off.
The visual-optical interference device, non-lethal, is called Filin 5P-42. It has been, allegedly, deployed on Russian navy frigates Admiral Gorshkov and Admiral Kasatonov. The news of installation has yet to be vetted by organizations other than state media. However, according to one commenter; simply wearing sunglasses would reduce the damage being caused by the weapon.
According to reports, the Filin 5P-42 has been created by Roselectronics. Roselectronics is a state-owned company that is in charge of 80% of electronics production in Russia. The idea of using light as a weapon is not a new idea. In fact, small yet powerful torches have been finding their way into the hands of security services for decades as a low-impact method of achieving submission from targets.
You know how confusing and painful the process can be if you have ever had torch shone directly in your eyes. These weapons employ a simple idea; flooding the human nervous system with light in excess quantity than it can process. This creates a temporarily block, and in some cases, the light will cause nausea or have the victim begin hallucination. The Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons has banned the light based weapons that can cause permanent blindness.
We will have to wait to find out more details about the Filin 5P-42 and to know if it really exists or not!