An enemy grenade dropped from a UAV is certainly more dangerous, but the impact of radio waves on the military may take several years.
So-called anti-drone guns that suppress unmanned aerial vehicles can harm the health of people, including operators. Serhiy Flash, a Ukrainian soldier and radio technology specialist, spoke about the risks on his Facebook page.
Anti-drone guns create radio emission in the frequency range of 2.4 and 5.8 GHz, which are considered ultra-high and may not be “useful” for humans, but people calmly communicate on mobile phones at frequencies of 1.8-2.6 GHz. Sergei Flash emphasized that such frequencies can adversely affect the body, but the degree of their impact depends on the power of the device, duration and distance.
“Most of all, I worry about the brain. The effect of ultra-high frequencies on it is a topic that has not been studied very much,” the expert shared. “I would like to immediately answer that the VOG, which is thrown on the head, is more harmful, but I will refrain.”
According to the sanitary standards of Ukraine, with a power of 20 W, it is safe for a person to be about 30 m from the antenna in the direction of its radiation or 5-7 m to the side or behind. As Sergei noted, the operators are at a distance of less than a meter from the source of radiation, so the work with anti-drone guns is guaranteed to exceed the permissible limits. The military, using such funds once a day, should not worry, since the mentioned sanitary standards provide for exposure to the body for years. If more often, then everything can turn into unforeseen consequences.
“If you work, every day and in total tens of minutes, this is a “dumb” topic. You won’t get cancer, you won’t get mysteriously ill, you won’t go blind, you won’t lose potency. But you will get some influence of radio waves on the protein structure of your body. in a year or decades, I don’t know and the doctors don’t know,” the specialist writes.
He advised fighters to always use anti-drone guns at arm’s length to maximize body distance. He explained that the signal density drops inversely with the square of the distance, so a meter from gun to head would be a relatively safe distance, considering wartime.
Earlier, a fighter of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the call sign “General” spoke about the experience of using an anti-drone gun in combat. He learned to operate the devices in a week and was soon able to land 6 Russian UAVs using a Ukrainian model.
Focus wrote which anti-drone guns the Armed Forces of Ukraine use against Russian drones. In the arsenal of the military there is the Ukrainian development of Antidron KVSG-6 and at least three more foreign-made models that were supplied by Western partners.
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