Manual complex for countering UAVs "Harpoon-3"

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Currently, our country is actively developing a variety of electronic warfare systems designed to counter unmanned aerial vehicles. Some of these projects provide for the creation of hand-held complexes, ergonomically close to rifles or shotguns. One of the latest developments of this kind is the "Harpoon-3" complex, which has recently come to the test at the test site.

Promising family


Complexes for countering UAVs of the "Harpoon" line are developed by the "Technologies of Automation and Programming" company (St. Petersburg). Several years ago, the first sample of the family, "Harpoon-1", was presented. Since 2019, the improved Harpoon-2M complex with improved characteristics and new functions has been demonstrated at exhibitions. Finally, this year at the MAKS-2021 salon, for the first time, the next complex - "Harpoon-3" was presented.



During the aerospace show, the development organization revealed the main characteristics and capabilities of the new product, and also pointed out its differences from the previous "Harpoons". The main results of the new project were an increase in the main characteristics and an improvement in performance. The main functions and capabilities in general have not changed.

Also at MAKS-2021 they said that "Harpoon-3" has already gone into serial production and is being supplied to customers. Moreover, by the time this information was disclosed, the new complex had bypassed the previous developments of the family in terms of production volumes. However, the specific numbers were not disclosed then.


The armed forces and power structures, as well as various commercial and other organizations, are considered as potential customers of "Harpoon-3", as well as the previous complexes of the family. Such a complex should be of interest for any structure that faces the problem of small-sized UAVs.

Complex at the site


On November 8, the press service of the Central Military District announced the first tests of "Harpoon-3" by the armed forces. During the exercises "Indestructible Brotherhood-2021", the peacekeeping unit of the Central Military District demonstrated to foreign colleagues the work of the checkpoint, organized taking into account the experience of recent decades, incl. results of events in Nagorno-Karabakh.

A mobile EW group equipped with modern equipment worked at the training checkpoint. Together with other samples, she received the Harpoon-3 UAV countermeasure system, which was first presented at army exercises. Using these and other products, the mobile group successfully suppressed attempts by a mock enemy to use reconnaissance Drones.

Prospects for a new complex of counteraction have not yet been specified. Perhaps, in the near future, the electronic warfare groups will continue to use such equipment, gain the necessary experience, and after that subsequent decisions will be made. "Harpoon-3" has every chance to enter service with the Russian army and other structures.


Technical features


All complexes of the "Harpoon" line have a similar appearance and form factor, but differ in different details, composition of devices and elements, and also show different characteristics and have different functions. The last "Harpoon-3" thus turns out to be the most perfect and effective.

All "Harpoons" are built in the form-factor of "anti-drone gun". The design is divided into a box-shaped instrument compartment with controls and an antenna device covered with a radio-transparent casing. The length of the last product of the family exceeds 1 m, its weight in working condition is 6,5 kg. Moreover, it is more compact and lighter than its predecessors. The control is carried out using a simple remote control on the upper edge of the product and a traditional trigger.

"Harpoon-3" can be used as a manual "weapons»Or as part of a stationary system. In the latter case, the product is mounted on a special machine with guidance drives in two planes and with remote control. This design allows one operator to simultaneously control several "guns" distributed over a certain area.

The main element of the complex is a jamming station with directional antennas. It operates in the range from 433 to 5800 MHz and has three modes of interference. The first uses interference at frequencies of 488, 868 or 1200 MHz, suppressing the UAV control radio channels. The second mode provides for the suppression of satellite navigation signals at frequencies of 1575, 2400 and 5200 MHz. The third mode is to enable or disable channel blocking at 433/868 5800 MHz. Depending on the mode of exposure, the UAV is forced to land or return to the take-off site.


The complex is aimed at the target visually and within the line of sight. The range of "firing" low-frequency interference reaches 3,5 km, at high frequencies - up to 2 km. This is enough to effectively counter light and ultralight commercial drones.

All basic operations are carried out under the control of the software of the complex. The memory of the "gun" stores information about various commercial UAVs, as well as data on the fight against them. The development organization plans to regularly update such a database and add new samples to it. At the same time, updating the software is a simple procedure and can be carried out by the operator.

"Harpoon-3" operates from its own rechargeable battery. Unlike previous projects of the family, now the battery is quick-detachable. If necessary, it can be quickly replaced and returned to work. Using two batteries, the complex can operate continuously for 60 minutes. or more.

Possible successes


Fighting and countering small-sized commercial and military UAVs is of particular importance - and the industry is working to address these challenges. To date, a number of "anti-drone guns" have been created in our country, incl. three samples of the "Harpoon" line from "TAiP" at once. They are regularly demonstrated at various exhibitions, as well as demonstration tests with work on real goals.


In general, all modern domestic hand-held electronic warfare systems are similar to each other and have the same capabilities. They are limited in size and weight for ease of transport and use. At the same time, they are able to suppress unprotected communication channels and satellite navigation signals used by the UAV.

The "Harpoon-3" countermeasures complex does not fundamentally differ from other domestic and foreign systems of its class. At the same time, he turns out to be at least one of the leaders in his field. This complex has already been brought to mass production and is supplied to unnamed customers. In addition, the army showed interest in this product - and it was used in the next exercises.

It is quite possible that the recent demonstration events will have a positive impact on the further fate of "Harpoon-3" and even the entire family. If the complex in the range conditions confirms the high characteristics and compliance with the requirements of the army, it can be accepted for supply. The consequence of this will be a new large order for serial production to equip the newly created mobile electronic warfare groups.
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  1. 0
    10 November 2021 18: 18
    It operates in the range from 433 to 5800 MHz and has three modes of interference. The first uses interference at frequencies of 488, 868 or 1200 MHz,

    Is Ali-Express designed to counter Chinese drones?
    1. 0
      10 November 2021 18: 37
      Quote: Nafanya from the couch
      To counteract Chinese drones with Ali-Express are calculated?

      See for yourself:
      1. -1
        10 November 2021 18: 40
        Quadric exactly with Ali!
    2. +2
      11 November 2021 05: 54
      Is Ali-Express designed to counter Chinese drones?

      Actually, yes. And most likely just for guarded objects from annoying idiots. Here it is different - visually, even a model with a meter-wide wingspan, which on a clear day you continuously follow at a distance of 300 meters in total - a barely visible spot. Distracted and lost sight of. ... And as a quadric, but at dusk (and they can fly at night, the camera allows). And the antenna has a log-periodic wave channel. It is necessary to keep it badly - 10 degrees. Where will the operator stream? Unless the direction finder was stuck there, if not the fools. And if the drone does not fly silently, but transmits the FPV signal to its owner.
      And so the opposition is simple - the quad is silent, in the autonomous system it has risen higher until its "shooter" is out of sight (500 meters behind the eyes), assessed the level of interference - and chirp again.
  2. -18
    10 November 2021 18: 19
    Turkish bayraktar hits targets from 8-10 km, well, and how to neutralize it with this harpoon
    1. +6
      10 November 2021 18: 34
      Well, it's easy to see that this thing is in a different weight class. Or do you think it should be satellites in pocket dimensions?
    2. +4
      10 November 2021 18: 38
      Quote: Ryaruav
      well, how to neutralize it with this harpoon

      No way ... request
    3. +1
      10 November 2021 22: 14
      Teach Russian spelling? Then neutralize! am
    4. -1
      10 November 2021 23: 01
      Quote: Ryaruav
      well, how to neutralize it with this harpoon

      To do this, first it would be nice to finish the Russian language courses, otherwise you can "neutralize" you by the smell of bacon with garlic
      Antidron for small drones, which, for example, YOURS recently got out with a discarded VOG. "Neutrolize" did not happen even with the "blue" exhaust
  3. -23
    10 November 2021 18: 24
    Bayraktar flies at an altitude of 5-6 km, again they let the dust in their eyes, for parades the very thing, behind the armatures before the flights of ShahMat. Sawmill
    1. +5
      10 November 2021 18: 31
      Bayraktar TB2 has a working height of 8000 m.
      And you are hysterical.
    2. +11
      10 November 2021 18: 51
      Lyman1982
      Bayraktar flies at an altitude of 5-6 km, again they let the dust in their eyes, for parades the very thing, behind the armatures before the flights of ShahMat. Sawmill

      Ryaruav
      Turkish bayraktar hits targets from 8-10 km, well, and how to neutralize it with this harpoon

      It seems to me that some are either mentally retarded or do not even try to read what is written in the article .......
      Such a complex should be of interest for any structure facing the problem of small UAVs.

      This is enough to effectively counter light and ultralight commercial drones.
      1. +1
        11 November 2021 09: 22
        Don't you think hi
  4. -7
    10 November 2021 19: 09
    Does the kit include lead panties?
    1. -4
      10 November 2021 19: 38
      what for? he works without electricity.
      The Turks have a backpack with accumulators, but this one from AA batteries or what?
      1. 0
        10 November 2021 20: 43
        The shooter needs lead underpants not from radiation, not from electricity. And for show-off!
        1. +2
          10 November 2021 23: 06
          Privalov - to surrender prisoner - did not run so fast)))
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  5. +2
    10 November 2021 19: 13
    The choice of frequencies unambiguously indicates which UAVs these guns are designed against.
    Moreover, this is confirmed in the article
    This is enough to effectively counter light and ultralight commercial drones.

    ... The memory of the "gun" stores information about various commercial UAVs, as well as data on the fight against them.

    This is a remedy against inexpensive drones from Ali-Express.
    In principle, the case is necessary against any homemade flying bombs. But it is useless against military models.
  6. +3
    10 November 2021 19: 21
    In wartime, the fight against copters (reconnaissance / percussion) should IMHO pay great attention. Huge! Otherwise, things may end badly.
    They detect enemy reconnaissance, can line up artoo / mortars, or strike themselves. Today, copters on the battlefield, using their ultra-low visibility, can do more business than large UAVs.

    Ps to the subject of photography. Our soldier during the war walks with the Turkish ihasavar. The enemy had the most copters (fortunately, the poorest army can afford hundreds of them.)


    The performance characteristics of this complex ihasavar. (By the way, it is quite small in comparison.)


    Number of components and parts: 14
    Frequency range: 400 - 3000, 5700 - 5900 Mhz.
    Output power: 50 Watt.
    Types / types of interference: FPGA scanning and delivery of interference based on DDS.
    Autonomy: 1,5 h.
    Countermeasure: Asset / passive.
    Maximum range: swept antenna 4 km, lobe antenna 2 km.
    Storage temperature: -40 / + 60 C.
  7. +1
    10 November 2021 19: 55
    There is a saying: "A kind word and a pistol can achieve much more than just a kind word!" and a "gun"! (I trust the "gun" more ...)
  8. 0
    11 November 2021 17: 58
    That is, this whole scow is jamming communications on commercial frequencies and gps? Against toys from aliexpress, it is logical, in principle.
  9. +1
    11 November 2021 18: 57
    Quote: Avior
    This is a remedy against inexpensive drones from Ali-Express.

    This is what vidos would not do about dachas wink
    https://youtu.be/VaMtMzPppOc
  10. 0
    17 November 2021 23: 15
    Quote: dauria
    And most likely just for guarded objects from annoying idiots.

    Why can't you strap a grenade to a quad?
    It is clear that not everyone will pull, but some will be able to do more, those to which huge cameras can be screwed (plus such a drone does not need to fly back).

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