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Microwave crowd control

Posted by quirksalight on January 25, 2007

Yesterday, the US military showcased their latest non-lethal weapon system, the Active Denial System (ADS).
US military - heat ray gun Active Denial System

The essence of how this mobile (sort of – it’s a large dish mounted on a Humvee) weapon works is the same way as a microwave. The electromagnetic waves excite the water molecules in your body, producing rapid and intense heat at that particular location. The ADS uses higher frequencies, around 95Hz, to minimize the penetration depth of these waves (so your kidneys don’t get cooked!), and the worst side effects that have been seen in human trials are second degree burns.

Other links:
Global Security
Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program


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