US deploy 'Death Ray' to Afghanistan

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by maguire, Jul 17, 2010.

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  1. maguire

    maguire LE Book Reviewer

    ...well, perhaps not 'death ray' but 'bloody painful ray'...

    'A newly-developed heat-ray gun that burns the skin but doesn't cause permanent injury is now with US troops in Afghanistan.
    The Active Denial System (ADS) is a non-lethal weapon designed to disperse violent crowds and repel enemies.
    It uses a focused invisible beam that causes an "intolerable heating sensation", but only penetrates the skin to the equivalent of three sheets of paper.
    The discomfort causes whoever it's pointed at to immediately start moving away. They often scream but the US military says the chance of injury from the system is 0.1%.
    It's already been tested more than 11,000 times on around 700 volunteers. Even reporters have faced the heat-ray.'

    BBC - Newsbeat - US army heat-ray gun in Afghanistan
  2. rampant

    rampant LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Wasn't there an incident during testing when somebody got slightly crisped?
  3. Some people will do anything. That's about 16 goes each!

    Maybe cheaper than a sunbed?
  4. factor 100 sun lotion
  5. Was that the same thing that was mounted on the back a humvee on Future Weapons a while back?
    Has a range of a mile or something.
  6. Was there not a reported case from Iraq a while back of a weapon of that discription allegedly having been deployed by the United States the evidence for which surfaced when a motor car was found containing four dead Iraqis burned to a crisp inside of their motor car without so much as a scorch mark on either the vehicle itself or on any part of the clothing of the deceased?
  7. Imagine the cheek of it. Burning people, that just isn't cricket, old boy.
    Mind you, a weapon that frazzles people and leaves vehicles intact sounds pretty cool. (sees bad choice of words there and gets coat.)

  8. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    Apparently we'll be getting long endurance over-watch balloons soon too. We could simply load a few up with the hot-food-ray and cook all the areas around our patrol routes when we get into firefights . . . . the food-ray could be set to 'halal only'.
  9. Sort of grown up version of the game we used to play as kids. You know, the magnifing glass and smoking ants.