Military considers new generations of non-lethal weapons like laser dazzlers and high-power microwave

March 22, 2021
The Pentagon is examining multiple non-lethal weapons for tasks such as disabling people or vehicles, according to a U.S. Navy research solicitation.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. military wants to arm small drones and manned vehicles with non-lethal weapons. Forbes reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

22 March 2021 -- These devices would include non-lethal gear like low-power lasers and high-power microwaves, stun grenades, and stink bombs. These weapons would equip unmanned aircraft, ground vehicles, surface ships, and submarines.

For most of history, armies have enjoyed only a binary option: either use lethal force or don’t use force at all. Yet a new generation of non-lethal weapons offers new options for armies preparing for information operations, cyber attacks, state-sponsored terrorism, and special forces operations.

For U.S. commanders who dread social media video of American troops firing bullets at a mob, a robot that can disperse rioters with non-lethal lasers or microwave cannon would be a godsend.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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