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June 16, 2004

New Non-Lethal Weapons.

BC the Imperial Torturer just sent me a link to a very cool new weapon for crowd control, as we take Taser technology to new heights. Their working on Taser type weapons that can sweep crowds. If eventually gets to the heart of these new systems.

Meanwhile, Xtreme Alternative Defense Systems (XADS), based in Anderson, Indiana, will be one of the first companies to market another type of wireless weapon. Instead of using fibres, the $9000 Close Quarters Shock Rifle projects an ionised gas, or plasma, towards the target, producing a conducting channel. It will also interfere with electronic ignition systems and stop vehicles.
xtremeads 2003 Version of a Shock Rifle

Okay, with that much bulk and a 9 foot effective range they'd better get that bayonet mount built, and pronto.

"We will be able to fire a stream of electricity like water out of a hose at one or many targets in a single sweep," claims XADS president Peter Bitar.

You know, water cannon might not have been such a bad technology after all. Ice water or steam might present some other interesting options, if for no other reason than to upset human rights groups.

The gun has been designed for the US Marine Corps to use for crowd control and security purposes and is due out in 2005. It is based on early, unwieldy technology and has a range of only three metres, but an operator can debilitate multiple targets by sweeping it across them for "as long as there is an input power source," says Bitar.

A handier use for such a limited range weapon might be at checkpoints and security barriers, using its ability to disable a vehicle's ignition system to stop suicide bombers.

XADS is also planning a more advanced weapon which it hopes will have a range of 100 metres or more. Instead of firing ionised gas, it will probably use a powerful laser to ionise the air itself. The idea has been around for decades, says LaVerne Schlie, a laser expert at the US Air Force Research Lab in Kirtland, New Mexico. It has only become practical with advances in high-power solid-state lasers.

The high intensity laser might replace model rockets for creating targeted lightning strikes useful for power-system tests. Currently researchers wait until a thunderstorm hits, then launch a model rocket that's trailing a fine conductive wire, which serves to direct the lightning bolt to the rocket's launch pad. Now we're moving toward having a laser bounce of an angled mirror that's mounted on the test object. The beam then reflects upward, creating a path of ionized air, in what's being called "laser triggered lightning. So the idea from XADS is to use this same technology to generate the line of ionized air, but then they'll also be transmitting the lightning bolt themselves. I wonder if Zeus had any type of laser targeting system?

"Before, it took a laser about the size of two trucks," says Schlie. "Now we can do it with something that fits on a tabletop."

That poor guy they have holding the 2003 Shock Rifle had best start bulking up, because he'll soon have to carry around the tabletop version.

The laser pulse must be very intense, but can be brief. So the makers of the weapons plan to use a UV laser to fire a 5-joule pulse lasting just 0.4 picoseconds - equating to a momentary power of more than 10 million megawatts.

A 10 terawatt laser pulse, and the laser isn't even the weapon. Amazing how far we've come.

This intense pulse - which is said not to harm the eyes - ionises the air, producing long, thread-like filaments of glowing plasma that can be sustained by repeating the pulse every few milliseconds. This plasma channel is then used to deliver a shock to the victims similar to a Taser's 50,000-volt, 26-watt shock.

Too cool by half. Bring me some hippies. I wonder if we can get it to cause automatic loss of bowel and bladder control, just to make actions against protesters more fun?

HSV Technologies of San Diego, California is also working on stun and vehicle-stopping shock weapons with ranges of over 100 metres. And another company, Ionatron of Tuscon, Arizona, is due to supply a prototype wireless vehicle-mounted weapon to the US Department of Defense by the end of 2004.

Actually, HSV wants to stop people at over a mile. But all these laser based system suffer one key flaw. If you use a head shot against a target wearing a grounded aluminum foil protector beanie (AFDB) then miniscule current (0.5 milliamps) flows through the beanie to ground. By carefully crafting an aluminum coated rubber suit it may be possible for the moonbats to guard against such advanced weaponry, so always keep your M-14 handy.

But the advent of wireless stun weapons has horrified human rights groups. Robin Coupland of the Red Cross says they risk becoming a new instrument of torture. And Brian Wood of Amnesty International says the long-range stun guns could "inflict pain and other suffering on innocent bystanders".

Bwuhahahaha!!!! Always innocent bystanders they are. Well start building your AFDB full suits, oh barking moonbats, because these weapons might be coming to a protest near you.

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Kickass, man-pord electroshock therapy, MUWAHAHAHAH! Hippies don't stand a chance.

Also, wouldn't surrounding you brain with tin foil before getting hit by lighting be a very bad idea? Wouldn't it heat very quickly and burn you?

Posted by: UZI4U at Jun 17, 2004 1:05:27 AM

An average lightning strike has about 20,000 amps, whereas these incapacitating weapons are just around 0.5 mA, based on just 26 watts with 50,000 volts. For DC, current = power divided by voltage.

Posted by: George Turner at Jun 17, 2004 2:16:13 AM

The shock rifle seems Xtremely suspicious. Birdman Weapon Systems put more effort into marketing their Mountain Dew Streetsweeper Shotgun and .50 cal Nuclear Handgun than this guy. And the few articles I've been able to Google up seem to just quote the president of the company. Maybe someone with time on their hands and/or buddies in the defense contracting world could call around Marine Corps Systems Command to see if this is legit. I haven't seen anything that convinces me this is more than some highschool kid with access to PVC pipe.

And HVT Tech hasn't seemed to have updated their site in four years. Is DARPA keeping this guy employed and quietly waiting for solid-state laser technology to catch up? Or is this someone who took a credible theory, filed a patent, and is just waiting for someone else to develop a working product so he can collect royalties for the idea?

Posted by: Prussian_Roulette at Jun 17, 2004 9:04:20 AM

On the other hand Prussian Roulette, I could see a pair of those XADS 100m guns mounted to my 2CV.

Posted by: Bill H at Jun 17, 2004 11:04:40 AM

$9000.00!!!! I can buy a boatload of .223 rounds for that kind of cash. Plus, I like the kick.

Posted by: Dick at Jun 17, 2004 1:41:46 PM

Speaking of non-lethal weapons...

Posted by: Beck at Jun 17, 2004 2:10:17 PM

"Okay, with that much bulk and a 9 foot effective range they'd better get that bayonet mount built, and pronto."

Naw, chainsaw mount. It needs a power cord anyway, so you could use one of those cheap electric chainsaws. I know it would intimidate me more than a bayonet.

Posted by: Doug Sundseth at Jun 17, 2004 2:41:04 PM

"Phased plasma rife in a 4 watt range."
"Hey, only what you see on the shelf."

Posted by: Connecticut Yankee at Jun 18, 2004 9:25:36 AM

That sucker looks like a Camo Cattle Prod on Steroids!! Too bulky to sweep back 'n forth effectively. Silly String and a car battery would be cheaper.

Mr Minority

Posted by: Mr Minority at Jun 18, 2004 5:18:46 PM

Good post.

James

Posted by: James R. Rummel at Jun 20, 2004 1:39:54 AM

your post is very informative, thanks for sharing about it.

Posted by: Outsourcing Copenhagen at Oct 31, 2009 4:57:57 AM

I am so glad non lethal self defense weapons have improved since this thing came out.

Posted by: Donald the self defense weapons guy at Aug 18, 2010 1:17:20 PM