Last updated at 5:54 PM on 4th January 2012
Descriptions of the Pentagon’s very latest non-lethal weapon projects have been leaked online.
Publicintelligence.org recently published the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate’s ‘Non-Lethal Weapons Reference Book’, which includes devices in use and some that have been dreamed up for the future.
One of the fantasy weapon systems is a laser device fitted to a plane that can actually steer an enemy aircraft away from a restricted area – somehow.
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It also details some projects that are being worked on right now, including the ‘Impulse Swimmer Gun’.
This fires ‘pulsed sound waves’ at scuba divers who have strayed into a restricted zone leaving them with ‘auditory impairment and/or nausea’.
Also on the drawing board is a weapon that blocks cars using high-powered microwaves.
Among the non-lethal weapons being used today that the leak details are Tasers, rubber bullets filled with pepper spray that disorientate rioters and ‘Acoustic Hailing Devices’ that leave targets with ‘auditory impairment’.
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There’s also the infamous Active Denial System or ADS prototype, which was cancelled in 2008 but deployed in Afghanistan two years later.
Classed as a ‘counter personnel’ weapon, this is used ‘to deny access into/out of an area to individuals’ by firing ‘an invisible electromagnetic millimetre-wave energy beam beyond small arms range’ from a jeep.
The effect it has on targets is a ‘heat sensation causing involuntary movement away from the beam’.
It’s rumoured that the Pentagon wants to build an airborne version of this weapon.