The “Skala” (Rock) shield features removable and built-in electric shock delivery devices. It offers self-extinguishing coating as an additional option.
Yekaterina Stolyarevskaya, MART Group’s general director, told reporters that the non-lethal stun shields are expected to undergo trials soon, and “then it’s all pure paperwork from there.”
“We hope that by late 2018, they will enter operational service,” the Interfax news agency cited Stolyarevskaya as saying.
She said that the National Guard, the OMON riot police and agencies within the Interior Ministry have expressed interest in the shields.
Stolyarevskaya clarified that the stun shields will be deployed “not for fieldwork at this or that rally, but more for special operations.”