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Microwave Gun to Debut in Iraq

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    MICROWAVE WEAPONS New Technology in Crime Activities and Sources: Targeting the Human with Directed Energy Weapons Dr. Reinhard Munzert 6.9.2002
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 21, 2004
      "MICROWAVE WEAPONS New Technology in Crime Activities and Sources:
      Targeting the Human with Directed Energy Weapons
      Dr. Reinhard Munzert

      "A primitive variation of a MW weapon would look like
      this: A microwave oven from the kitchen with the
      protective shielding removed from the door and
      replaced by a metal funnel. And then the waves can get
      through walls (Pictures 1, 2, 3).

      The effects of the MW beam on the victims include
      extreme weariness, headache, irregular heartbeat,
      diarrhea, painful testis, damaged nervous system and
      internal organs, burned skin and eye damage. Later
      effects include blindness, heart attack, stroke and
      cancer. In the last months by some victims, cancerous
      tumors have been diagnosed."




      Microwave gun to be used by US troops on Iraq rioters
      By Tony Freinberg and Sean Rayment, Defence
      (Filed: 19/09/2004)

      Microwave weapons that cause pain without lasting
      injury are to be issued to American troops in Iraq for
      the first time as concern mounts over the growing
      number of civilians killed in fighting.

      The non-lethal weapons, which use high-powered
      electromagnetic beams, will be fitted to vehicles
      already in Iraq, which will allow the system to be
      introduced as early as next year.

      Using technology similar to that found in a
      conventional microwave oven, the beam rapidly heats
      water molecules in the skin to cause intolerable pain
      and a burning sensation. The invisible beam penetrates
      the skin to a depth of less than a millimetre. As soon
      as the target moves out of the beam's path, the pain

      Because there are no after-effects, the United States
      Department of Defence believes that the weapons will
      be particularly useful in urban conflict. The beam
      could be used to scatter large crowds in which
      insurgents operate at close quarters to both troops
      and civilians.

      "The skin gets extremely hot, and people can't stand
      the pain, so they have to move - and move in the way
      we want them to," said Col Wade Hall of the Office of
      Force Transformation, a body formed in November 2001
      to promote rapid improvement across all of the
      American armed services.

      Rich Garcia, a spokesman for the Air Force Research
      Laboratory in New Mexico, where the systems were
      developed, took part in testing the weapon and was
      subjected to the microwave beam which has a range of
      one kilometre. "It just feels like your skin is on
      fire," he said. "[But] when you get out of the path of
      the beam, or shut off the beam, everything goes back
      to normal. There's no residual pain."

      A heated battle on a crowded Baghdad street last week
      that left 16 Iraqis dead, highlighted once again the
      pressing need to reduce the number of civilian
      casualties, and at the same time prevent further
      damage to relations between American troops and the
      Iraqi population. American commanders later admitted
      using seven helicopter-launched rockets and 30
      high-calibre machine gun rounds in last Sunday's

      The armoured vehicles will be named Sheriffs once they
      have been modified to carry the microwave weapons,
      known as the Active Denial System (ADS). Col Hall said
      that US army and US marine corps units should receive
      four to six ADS equipped Sheriffs by September 2005.

      The project was initiated only three months ago but US
      military chiefs intend to rush the Sheriffs into the
      front line, believing that they can be of immediate

      In another development, the Sheriffs will be fitted
      with Gunslinger, a rapid-fire gun currently under
      development that will detect enemy snipers and
      automatically fire back at them.

      If the Sheriffs prove successful, their use will be
      expanded in combat zones. They will also be deployed
      for security at ports and air force bases, and could
      take part in border patrols.




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