The US Department of Defense just announced that its new “Heat-Beam,” non-lethal weapon will be available for use as early as 2010. Apparently, this weapon can raise skin temperature to over 130 degrees from a distance of almost two football fields. The evil-doer that is subjected to the beam feels a blast, like from a hot oven, that is a bit, say, uncomfortable.
From the announcement . . .
“Existing counter-personnel systems designed not to killâ€”including bean bag munitions and rubber bulletsâ€”work at little more than ‘rock-throwing distances,’ said Marine Col. Kirk Hymes, director of the Pentagon’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate.”
It’s good to know that the Pentagon has a “Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate.” I’d hate to think that all that money is wasted on just lethal weapons.
“The weapon, mounted on a Humvee, uses a large rectangular dish antenna to direct an invisible beam toward a target. It includes a high-voltage power unit and beam-generating equipment and is effective at more than 500 meters.”
High-voltage? Duh! They must be using Dr. Emmit Brown’s flux capacitor to get the jigowatts of power required.
“Documents given out during the demonstration said more than 10,000 people had been exposed to the weapon since testing began more than 12 years ago. They said there had been no injuries requiring medical attention during the five-year advanced development program.”
So, what other kinds of injuries took place?
There’s part of me that would love to work at a DOD research facility. If this is the stuff that comes out, I’d be interested in what doesn’t make it past the research phase. My imagination just isn’t broad enough.