16 Powerful Non-Lethal Military Weapons

Photo: US Army

Whether dealing with Afghan villagers or a Cairo mob, the U.S. military needs non-lethal weapons for delicate situations more than ever. The items here were introduced this year and with a new batch due again, we’re interested to see how far technology has come.

Despite packing a non-fatal blow, these devices still pack a powerful punch.

From vomit-inducing underwater guns to plane-mounted heat beams, the creative concepts are a fascinating look at non-lethal conflict.

The Long Range Ocular Interruption Laser is a large, portable laser designed to temporarily blind and suppress enemies within a 3,000-meter range.

*In development

The Impulse Swimmer Gun, built for underwater security, emits a strong, targeted sound wave that will induce nausea in any swimmer within a range of 150 meters.

*In development

The 40mm Human Electro-Muscular Incapacitation Projectile is fired from a grenade launcher to deliver an incapacitating electric shock to its target, like a long-distance taser.

*In development

*In development

The Red, White And Blue Star Cluster separates friends from foes with a patriotic burst of colour designed to hail and warn.

*In development

Solid-State Active Denial Technology involves a multi-target system that shoots painful heat beams at individuals and groups, causing them to flee.

*Concept

The Airborne Active Denial System modifies the same concept to deliver a heat beam from the sky.

*Concept

Nano-Second Electrical Pulses, designed for crowd control and offensive operations, emit electrical waves to incapacitate targeted individuals by causing them to lose voluntary muscle control.

The Portable Vehicle Arresting Barrier is a tough net system capable of capturing and stopping a 7,500 lb vehicle, travelling up to 45 mph, within 200 ft.

The Running Gear Entanglement System uses a launcher, which can be shoulder-fired or mounted to a vessel or pier, to fire a specially-weighted rope in front of a target boat to tangle its propeller.

*Currently fielded

The Electric Vehicle Stopper pumps an electrical pulse through train tracks to shut down critical circuits, causing enemy trains to stall.

*Prototype

This Vehicle Arresting Device, designed for stop points, includes a barbed net system that tangles vehicles' front tires. It is said to be capable of stopping wheeled vehicles that weigh up to 40,000 lbs, travel ling at 50 mph, within 200 ft.

*In development

The RF Vehicle Stopper uses high-power microwaves to stop enemy vehicles by stalling their engines from a distance.

*In development

The Aerial High-Power Microwave Payload modifies the same concept to fit planes and fire microwaves from the sky, in order to disable small ships below.

*Concept

The RF Vessel Stopper aims to apply the technology to boats.

*Concept

*Concept

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