The U.S. military spent tens of millions of dollars and years of work developing a microwave “pain beam,” but a combination of technical
difficulties and political concerns kept the Pentagon from fielding the thing. Now, an Israeli team says they’re working on their own own portable
version. And it’ll cost just $250,000.
Okay, firstly I want to say that besides the potential to be used against other human beings, this is cool!
I'd never heard of this "System 2" Gun, but sure enough, here is a report from Fox
News about the Pentagon refusing requests for its use!
Saddam Hussein had been gone just a few weeks, and U.S. forces in Fallujah, west of Baghdad, were already being called unwelcome invaders. One of
the first big anti-American protests of the war escalated into shootouts that left 18 Iraqis dead and 78 wounded.
Military leaders repeatedly and urgently requested — and were denied — the device, which uses energy beams instead of bullets and lets soldiers
break up unruly crowds without firing a shot.
The Active Denial System is a directed-energy device, although it is not a laser or a microwave. It uses a large, dish-shaped antenna and a long,
V-shaped arm to send an invisible beam of waves to a target as far away as 500 yards.
Again, I know this is a weapon, but it's still pretty cool, and has to be better than getting a round in the butt?
I guess the Pentagon's refusal came down to cost, effectiveness, political repercussions and human rights issues. (read the full story from Fox!)
I wonder if Israel will have any qualms about using it on Palestinians? (Not an anti Israel comment, just an honest question!)
But like I said before, it has to be better than being shot, and their version will not be as powerful as the US one.
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