Raytheon offers ‘pain gun’ to troubled India


AFP
February 13, 2011

BANGALORE, India (AFP) – US defence group Raytheon says it wants to sell India a controversial “pain gun” it claims would be safer than rubber bullets in quelling unrest in the insurgency-racked country.

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The Silent Guardian Protection System is billed by its makers as the 21st century equivalent of tear gas or water cannon — a way to subdue rioters while inflicting minimal harm.

The US military withdrew the weapon last year from war-torn Afghanistan amid opposition from human rights activists worried about its safety. The US army has never commented on why it withdrew the system.

“We are meeting various elements of the Indian government, who are seeking information” on the weapon, senior Raytheon executive George Svitak told AFP at India’s largest airshow in Bangalore late on Friday.

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