Marines and other DoD officials got a demo of and tried out the latest Non-Lethal weapon proposed for use by troops around the world. It’s called the Active Denial System, and it uses a non-harmful heating affect to detour potential threats…
In a video to demonstrate the new weapon, USFORCESTV explains that the heat ray “boasts a reach far beyond any other non-lethal system” — a reach of “about 7 footballs fields.”
The video shows various volunteers quickly running away from the heat ray, a situation unlikely to be available when the ray is aimed at a large crowd or if protesters are penned in in some way, as was witnessed by the pepper-spraying of Occupy protesters by police officers at very close range.
Marine Col: “I think our forces will figure out the many different applications that it would have.”
The new “Active Denial System” shoots electronic waves at people, instantly heating their skin to a temperature of 54C.
When the ray is fired, the targeted people are subjected to the feeling of standing in front of an open fire and instinctively run away, the Globe and Mail reports.
The high-energy system has been calibrated at a frequency that penetrates about 4mm into the skin — a depth that researchers say will shock people without injuring them.
It was unveiled by the US military this week after it was tested on thousands of willing participants.
“You’re not gonna see it, you’re not gonna hear it, you’re not gonna smell it — you’re gonna feel it,” Marine Colonel Tracy Taffola said.
The ray, which has been in development for 15 years, can reach distances equal to seven football fields.
It is now ready for action and is predicted to be used for crowd control and perimeter security.
The military has not commented on whether the device could be altered so that it could burn crowds en masse or whether heating a crowd may incite mass panic…