Memories of the cold war have been raised from the dead this week with the confirmation from Russian officials they are testing an energy gun that would essentially turn people into zombies. The "psychotronic" gun would not only inflict pain but also attack the central nervous system leaving enemies scrambled.
The weapon, which is said to use electromagnetic radiation, was announced by Russian defense minister Anatoly Serdyukov and was confirmed by Russian Prime Minister and President-elect Vladimir Putin. It has apparently in some form been tested for crowd control.
If this sounds familiar you might be remembering our story on the U.S. military testing a heat beam, which caused reporters to cringe and run away when exposed to beam. The U.S. weapon also uses electromagnetic radiation, but is used in short bursts and with safety measures in place.
Despite this, the experience didn't look pleasant. And the U.S. weapon doesn't include the zombie factor.
Little is actually known about the Russian version other than what they have declared to the world's press. According to Australia's Herald Sun, both the U.S. and Russia have carried out research on electromagnetic waves since the '50s, and there is some evidence showing that low-frequency waves could affect brain cells and potentially alter thought.
If the pain and mind control is combined that could be a powerful weapon. President-elect Putin, not known for being shy, fully embraces that concept. According to The Herald Sun, he stated, "…the technology is comparable in effect to nuclear weapons but 'more acceptable in terms of political and military ideology.'''
That is a pretty bold statement.
Does the weapon really exist — even in a partial form? If not now, the Russians sound like they are in an experimental mood.
The Herald Sun reports that Defense Minister Serdyukov said the weaponry based on new physics principles — direct-energy weapons, geophysical weapons, wave-energy weapons, genetic weapons and psychotronic weapons — were part of the state arms procurement program for 2011-2020.
Sounds like the bunker business might be profitable again.