A non-lethal laser weapon that talks to the intruder
The laser device developed by The Pentagon will cause an uncomfortable burning sensation on the skin.
Weapons used by soldiers are designed to inflict lethal wounds on the enemy. But, sometimes the intent may be not to do any physical harm or injury.
Keeping that in mind, the Pentagon, the US Department of Defense, is developing a new laser weapon technology that fires 'plasma balls' that can also convey human voice messages to potential intruders. The Laser Induced Plasma Effect is a new non-lethal weapon to deter, stun or stop adversaries short of killing them.
How does it work?
A laser is a beam of focused light. The laser from the new weapon causes a burning sensation on the skin of the target; it will make it extremely uncomfortable without actually burning them. It also blasts confusing noises, gives voice commands such as “Stop or we’ll be forced to fire upon you” to the targeted intruder; it will be able to operate/pass through glass.
Scientists say that it can be used to protect static areas such as forward bases or permanent installations, where the idea is to deter, not necessarily kill.
How will it be used?
The device can be mounted on a vehicle to control crowds from a distance.
The quest to blast out human speech from the laser is still under development. Once that is done, scientists will work to increase the range.
One of the scientists who spoke to Military News says the technology might take around five years to be ready for handing over to troops. He also said that the voice conveyed through the laser device need not be crystal clear... the intent is to get the message across.
On how it causes pain to the targeted person, he says that the laser beam goes through clothing and drills smaller than microscopic holes in a person's skin. This doesn't cause any permanent damage but sets off nerve responses that give a burning feeling and makes the person very uncomfortable.