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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

US military sets PHASRs to stun

The US government has unveiled a "non-lethal" laser rifle designed to dazzle enemy personnel without causing them permanent harm. But the device will require close scrutiny to ensure compliance with a United Nations protocol on blinding laser weapons.

The Personnel Halting and Stimulation Response (PHASR) rifle was developed at the Air Force Research Laboratory in New Mexico, US, and two prototypes have been delivered to military bases in Texas and Virginia for further testing.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) believes the weapon could be used, for example, to temporarily blind suspects who drive through a roadblock. However, the DoD has yet to reveal details of how the laser works and has yet to respond to New Scientist’s requests for further information.

Laser weapons capable of blinding enemies have been developed in the past but were banned under a 1995 UN convention called the Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons. The wording of this protocol, however, does not prohibit lasers that temporarily dazzle a foe.

Get the rest of the story here: Phasers on Stun


You know, I saw the picture above and thought "Gee, Could they have made it look anymore like a Star Trek Phaser Rifle? See for yourself



Trekking ever on,

Jeff


2 Comments:

At 12:28 AM, Anonymous peter hook said...

I wonder how long it will take them to get it as small as a hand held phazer, like on Star Trek.

 
At 4:19 PM, Anonymous kricket said...

If you can dream it, you can be it.
kricket

 

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