posted on Jan, 8 2006 @ 01:08 PM
I was looking for some non-lethal weapons/projects and I found this two that look promising.
1. first one is PHASR
(Personnel Halting and Stimulation Response rifle) intened to temporarily blind and confuse enemy at long distances (2 km -
more than 0.50 rifle).
It is a type of laser dazler
using 2 or more wavelengths. It can use also
which is safer. This weapon is not especially expensive nor difficult to
make, Chinese have already installed their own one
on new Type 98 tank.
The next weapon is more interesting. It's name is pulse energy projectile and it uses laser too. But this time the laser beam contacts the target,
evaporates the surface and creates a small amount of exploding plasma; this results in a sound and shock wave that stuns the target as well as in
electromagnetic radiation that affects nerve cells and causes a painful sensation. The effect is almost instant when comparing it to other energy
What's more interesting is that it can be also made as lethal weapon, the early name for rpoject was Pulsed Impulsive Kill Laser (who told that
lasers will be never used as antipersonal weapons?).
So maybe in future soldiers will be equipped with weapons able to switch between lethal and non-lethal mode like Star Trek Phasers. According to FAS
it is now in late stage
of development and should be available in this year. The only problem is that currently it weights 200kg, so it will be
firstly mounted on trucks and helicopters. However miniaturization efforts are under way.