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New weapons for use in Iraq (from ATSNN)

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posted on Dec, 3 2004 @ 03:47 PM
Apparently a new weapon has been developed for use on a Humvee. The reported weapon will cause a severe burning sensation to any one caught in the ray.
Raytheon, the world's largest missile maker, delivered a prototype to the U.S. military last month. The product is expected to be evaluated from February through June to determine whether to equip U.S. forces with it, Colonel David Karcher, director of the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate, told Bloomberg Business News.

"It's there, it's ready,'' said Heal, who has felt the weapon's beam and compares it to having a hot iron placed on the skin. "It will likely be in Iraq in the next 12 months. They are very, very close.''

The weapon, mounted on a Humvee vehicle, projects a "focused, speed-of-light millimeter wave energy beam to induce an intolerable heating sensation,'' according to a U.S. Air Force fact sheet. The energy penetrates less than 1/64 of an inch into the skin and the sensation ceases when the target moves out of the beam.

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Sound like something much needed to protect our troops. Apparently has a very effective range beyond that of a conventional rifle round. Could provide good cover for our troops

posted on Dec, 14 2004 @ 05:04 AM
It is designed for crowd control, not military use (something that French should have used instead of just shooting demonstators at Ivory Coast)

posted on Dec, 14 2004 @ 05:08 AM
Isn't Iraq just a testing grounds for military techniques? What a better way to test out Rumsfelds pet project of swift and smaller forces. Sounds almost like the Nazi blitzkrieg, although it has failed in Iraq.

Americans have dropped more depleted uranium in Iraq, it won't be long before you see mutations in small children in Iraq. Poison the land and it's people and you can claim their resources.

A new world? Just more of the same.

posted on Dec, 14 2004 @ 08:27 AM

Originally posted by BadRuski
It is designed for crowd control, not military use (something that French should have used instead of just shooting demonstators at Ivory Coast)

You think every french unit has these?
You think every american unit has these?
No they both still use projectile weapons , i have come to understand why the military shouldnt be police. They are there to fight the enemy of the state , not be police men.

posted on Dec, 14 2004 @ 08:31 AM
Since directed-energy weapons like this are covered extensively in the Weaponry forum. Add question/comments to an existing thread, please.

system mentioned here:

There is a great ATSNN Exclusive article on directed energy weapons that is well worth reading:

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