Pentagon to test “ray gun” on dummies

800px Space Pilot X Ray Gun made by Taiyo Pentagon to test ray gun on dummies

The Pentagon has unveiled plans to test “ray gun” technology on human-like dummies in order to see the effects of “non-lethal stimuli” on different parts of the human body.

The Pentagon has unveiled plans to test “ray gun” technology on human-like dummies in order to see the effects of “non-lethal stimuli” on different parts of the human body.

 
The plans were announced by the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate Technology Division of the Pentagon, with deputy chief Alicia Owsiak revealing that the agency wants to “quickly collect data to understand injury potential” of various non-lethal techniques.
 
These include “electromagnetic radiation in the L, S, and W-bands,” essentially the equivalent of the ray guns of sci-fi legend. Other tests will include blast pressure, electrical currents, thermal energy, flashbang grenade light, and debilitating noises. Not a fun day to be a test subject.
 
800px Space Pilot X Ray Gun made by Taiyo Pentagon to test ray gun on dummies
US arsenal of the future?
 
In order to facilitate the tests, the Pentagon is looking for a “human surrogate,” a test dummy that goes beyond the ones we are familiar with and will actually have fake organs to help the researchers discover the effects of the various painful measures on human anatomy.
 
This is not the first time the Pentagon has tested these unorthodox means of subdual. It has developed the Active Denial System, designed to break up mobs with painful electromagnetic waves. This technology was also deployed to Afghanistan, but never used. 
 
The military now wants to make sure they fully understand the effects of such weaponry so that they do not inadvertently cause permanent injury or death. The sensor-equipped test dummies, along with computer simulated models, will go a long way towards achieving this end, but they may also result in these weapons becoming more mainstream.
 
Source: Wired
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