January 5, 2012
Publicintelligence.org recently published the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate’s ‘Non-Lethal Weapons Reference Book’, which includes devices in use and some that have been dreamed up for the future.
One of the fantasy weapon systems is a laser device fitted to a plane that can actually steer an enemy aircraft away from a restricted area – somehow…
… There’s also the infamous Active Denial System or ADS prototype, which was cancelled in 2008 but deployed in Afghanistan two years later.
Classed as a ‘counter personnel’ weapon, this is used ‘to deny access into/out of an area to individuals’ by firing ‘an invisible electromagnetic millimetre-wave energy beam beyond small arms range’ from a jeep.
The effect it has on targets is a ‘heat sensation causing involuntary movement away from the beam’.
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