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Cruise Ship Defends Itself With Sonic Weapon

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posted on Nov, 7 2005 @ 07:01 PM
I've heard rumors of such devices but never knew they were actually being utilized.

I wonder if there are any more of these types of non-lethal weapons in action?

posted on Nov, 7 2005 @ 09:11 PM

From Apoc

I wonder if there are any more of these types of non-lethal weapons in action?

Yes. I believe that there is also hand held LASER devices that can temporarily blind or shock " offenders" eye's.

What I am amazed by is the fact that sound can easily be directed so that you can stand outside of the beam and hear nothing yet inside the beam you could have 150 + decibels.

When you consider that it is possible to direct a wave through air molecules.

Then you think that many people have tried to explain gravity as a particle , which I think it is not, yet in some ways acts as if particles.

It isn't much of a leap to think it could be possible to direct a gravity beam.

Then what would you have?

A Wormhole.

You only need to fall at one G for one Year to reach ( C ) lightspeed.

If you could point a beam of gravity in one direction and just fall into it.

The sky would be the limit.

[edit on 7-11-2005 by lost_shaman]

posted on Nov, 7 2005 @ 09:28 PM

Originally posted by Apoc
I wonder if there are any more of these types of non-lethal weapons in action?

Well, I know there's some debate on whether they are considered 'nonlethal' or not, but tasers are typically considered nonlethal. If you are referring to large scale weapons, I can't think of any, offhand, but I'd much rather see some research into nonlethal weapons than bigger bombs.

posted on Nov, 7 2005 @ 09:38 PM
The captain of the ship is Norwegian. His name is Sven Erik Pedersen. He did a great job, hats off to him. Btw, there is an ATS-thread on this already but it is closed now. I don´t know why it is closed though, since ATS- and ATSNN-threads usually can co-excist...

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Defence Update: Long Range Acoustic Device - LRAD

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Aftenposten: Cruiseship officers hailed for fending off pirates

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posted on Nov, 8 2005 @ 03:31 AM
I am very pleased to see that someone has come around to some sort of sanity on the high seas. They( the cruise ships) are dead meat in the water with no weapons systems, so the use of this Sonic Weapon had a real effect on those who sought to overtake the cruise ship. My hat goes off to the Captain and his crew. I also think that it should be made manditory for the cruise ships to carry and use a weapon of this sort when they come under a direct threat from a gang of half-wits.

posted on Nov, 8 2005 @ 06:48 AM
This is an excerpt from a very long paper from the USAF Institute for National Security Studies. In the "Terms And References" they list some nonlethal acoustic weapons.

Acoustic Beam . High power, very low frequency beam emitted from weaponry under development. Envisioned to be a piston-driven or detonation-driven pulser which forces compressed air into tubes to generate a low frequency wave [543,546].

Acoustic, Blast Wave, Projector. Energy generation from a pulsed laser that will project a hot, high pressure plasma in the air in front of a target. It creates a blast wave with variable but controlled effects on hardware and troops [543].

Acoustic Bullets . High power, very low frequency waves emitted from one to two meter antenna dishes. Results in blunt object trauma from waves generated in front of the target. Effects range from discomfort to death. A Russian device that can propel a 10-hertz sonic bullet the size of a baseball hundreds of yards is thought to exist. Proposed fixed site defense [16,113,212,543]. Also known as sonic bullets.

Acoustic, Curdler Unit . A device which is plugged into an HPS-1 sound system to produce a shrill shrieking, blatting noise. It is used to irritate and disperse rioters and had a decibel range just below that of the danger level to the human ear. It is used in night operations to produce a "voodoo" effect and effectively breaks up chanting, singing and clapping [2:279- 280,82:184,84,529].

Acoustic, Deference Tones . Devices which can project a voice or other sound to a particular location. The resulting sound can only be heard at that location [176:86].

Acoustic, Doppler Effect Alarm . Any movement in the area between a transmitter and a receiver causes a slight variation in the sound pattern received. By measuring this variation an alarm system can be made to be activated [23:204].

Acoustic, High Intensity Sound . Loud music was used by American forces to drive Manual Norriega from the Vatican Embassy in Panama in 1990. Also known as polysound [354:45].

Acoustic, HPS-1 Sound System . A 350 watt sound system with an audible voice range of 2 1/2 miles. Used by the military in Indo-China and then supplied to law enforcement. First used by police forces at San Francisco State College and at Berkeley in the 1960s [2:277-279,82,84]. See also Acoustic, Curdler Unit.

Acoustic, Infrasound . Very low- frequency sound which can travel long distances and easily penetrate most buildings and vehicles. Transmission of long wavelength sound creates biophysical effects; nausea, loss of bowels, disorientation, vomiting, potential internal organ damage or death may occur. Superior to ultrasound because it is "in band" meaning that its does not lose its properties when it changes mediums such as from air to tissue. By 1972 an infrasound generator had been built in France which generated waves at 7 hertz. When activated it made the people in range sick for hours [23,302,546].

Acoustic, Squawk Box . Crowd dispersal weapon field tested by the British Army in Ireland in 1973. This directional device emits two ultrasonic frequencies which when mixed in the human ear become intolerable. It produces giddiness, nausea or fainting. The beam is so small that is can be directed at specific individuals in a riot situation [451,452,504].

Acoustic, Teleshot . Cartridge projecting a powerful sonic device delivered by a 12-gauge shotgun. Experimental use in 1972 [529].

Acoustic, Ultrasound. A very high frequency sound whose wavelength is "out of band" making it less effective than infrasound because it losses its properties when it changes mediums. Example, from air to human tissue. Like infrasound a lot of power is required to generate these waves which create biophysical effects. See also Acoustic, Infrasound.

posted on Nov, 8 2005 @ 09:19 AM
Thanks for posting the link! I saw that on the news yesterday, and was likewise surprised.

The first thing that came to mind is something like our weather alert siren here on campus. They test it once a month, and its roar can be heard at least a mile. It sits on a building that's about 100 yards from the building where I work, and if I'm outside as it starts up, it's VERY painful! I scurry into the building as quickly as I can to get away from the noise. If there's no close building, I put my hands over my ears and hurry.

So, yes, I can see that dealing with that kind of thing (if you are NOT expecting it) could throw your aim off. I think it's the harmonics as much as the earsplitting wail (at least it is for the tornado siren) that just stresses the heck out of you.

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