Senior members of the Marine Corps and members of the media were invited for a demonstration of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate’s Active Denial System in mid-March.
According to the U.S. Marine Corps, the new weapon is an “advanced non-lethal technology that projects a long range, man-sized beam of millimeter waves at a range of up to 1,000 meters to counter personnel.”
The system emits a “95-gigahertz, millimeter wave beam” that penetrates approximately 1/64 of an inch into the skin of the target.
“The system is state-of-the-art technology, it’s not widely known…a lot of perceptions and misconceptions about what the system is and what it isn’t. It is a millimeter wave system, it is not a microwave,” Marine Col. Tracy Tafolla, Director of the US DoD Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate, said.
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