SeaJay said:I can't see a use for this weapon.
If someone is hundreds of meters away and taking aim with a rifle, you don't want to rely on this sort of system. You want hot lead not the sensation of a hot oven.
If they are hundreds of meters away and unarmed then they aren't a threat so it's hard to imagine the circumstances where it would be a good idea to engage them with this.
They might be rioting and damaging property, you might prefer the crowd to disperse. But if you use this thing to do it you're only going to make more trouble for yourself.
Look at it from the point of view of the rioter, you've just popped out to loot yourself a nice TV when you get this sudden burning blast. That's going to catch anyone by surprise. Doesn't matter how hard your are, for a second or two you're going to give a girly squeal and hop around trying to escape the invisible beam and you're going to look like a first round elimination from Dancing on Ice in the process.
Before you just wanted a telly, now you're ashamed, angry and dishonoured. You're also uninjured. Finally, the system completely dehumanises the troops using it. There's no human contact, no chance for the troops to try to calm people down, no chance for the rioters to see that the soldier is just a guy doing his job.
Could there be a more perfect system for turning a group of fairly peaceful protesters and petty thieves in to sworn enemies?