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Raytheon Beam Controls Mobs

They call it "non-lethal" because you don't die right on the spot, but it is essentially an open-air microwave oven, with all the genetic and health damage that implies.
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 04.08.2004

Section: Business

Raytheon beam controls mobs

Enemy troops, crowds disabled, but it's temporary

By David Wichner

Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems is about to deliver a nonlethal weapon system to the U.S. military that can disable enemy soldiers or hostile crowds with a painful beam of electromagnetic energy, a company official said Wednesday at an optics forum.

Raytheon also is on track to demonstrate an initial version of a high-energy laser weapon by year's end, said Wade Smith, deputy director of Raytheon's Directed Energy Weapons program.

After more than three years in development, Raytheon will meet a May deadline to deliver its "active denial technology" to the Air Force Research Laboratory for testing, Smith said at the inaugural Photon Forum 2004, an optics conference held Tuesday and Wednesday at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.

The Air Force lab's Directed Energy Directorate handles the Department of Defense's laser and other directed-energy technologies.

The system, which will be mounted on a military vehicle, inflicts no permanent damage on humans, but temporarily inflicts a disabling, burning pain over the whole body by triggering heat receptors in the skin.

"This is an effect that literally gets under your skin," said Smith, who has voluntarily felt the "intolerable pain" of the beam during testing.

"I can assure you, once you come in contact with the beam, you will be inclined to stop whatever you are doing," he said.

The active-denial system uses so-called "millimeter waves" of electromagnetic energy to penetrate about one-64th of an inch into the skin.

The nonlethal system could be used to control crowds or to disable enemy soldiers, Smith said.

Raytheon's system will likely be tested by the military through midsummer at a test range in China Lake, Calif., Smith said.

Another so-called "directed energy weapon" system being developed by Raytheon in Tucson is the demonstration of a high-energy, solid-state laser that could be used to shoot down enemy planes and missiles or attack ground targets.

The highest-powered lasers currently being used are large systems that amplify light using chemical reactions. The military is seeking to develop equally powerful, solid-state, electrical lasers small enough to be mounted on planes, ships and ground vehicles.

Raytheon is in the final phase of a contract awarded in late 2002 by the Air Force Research Laboratory to produce a 25-kilowatt solid-state laser to demonstrate the weapon concept, and the company is on schedule to deliver the laser by year's end, Smith said.

Ultimately, the military wants to produce weapons-grade solid-state lasers rated at 100 kilowatts or more.

But because of challenges in developing small power sources and accurately controlling such beams, deployment of such solid-state laser weapon systems in the field is likely 10 to 15 years away, Smith said.

Raytheon has relied on local optics companies as subcontractors for the directed-energy programs and other systems, he said. In 2003, Raytheon awarded more than $68 million in contracts to Arizona firms, with more than half of that going to Tucson-area companies, he said.

Contact reporter David Wichner at 573-4181 or  wichner@azstarnet.com.

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fan-fucking-tastic 11.Apr.2004 05:36

this bites

once this technology is delivered to the imperial storm troopers of the bush administration, all of the lies uttered by bush (or his successors) will become, for all intents and purposes, the truth.

oh what a happy day...

"work, you bastards, or i'll turn on the microwave skin ray on your asses!"

Another whip for the overlords 11.Apr.2004 19:14


Yes and the government will smile and say its just for criminals and terrorists....the average person unable to translate that that means him/her. Welcome to 1984.

also 11.Apr.2004 19:19


they could up the energy and use it to topple skyscrapers previously damaged by airplanes.hmmmnmn

Spirit is Beyond Them 11.Apr.2004 20:16


Do not for one moment believe their propaganda about mind control. Instead raise the argument to the level of Spirit control. They will never control Spirit. Their "non-lethal" (really a modern day form of torture) weapons can cause immense pain - but can never overthrow Spirit. Allign with Spirit. Allign with "wakan-tanka". In the words of King Theaodin in "Lord of the Rings" make a stand worthy of rememberance.

do you beleive me now? 11.Apr.2004 22:13

pay attention

the day is coming,don't you see?they neeeeed this stuff-so they can stop us from stormin' the castle-

I think to myself,get out now?canada?europ?or will the us just come rolling over the world,crushing everything in its path?

better get ready

the Pentagon's secret scream 11.Apr.2004 22:39

see also

Marines arriving in Iraq this month as part of a massive troop rotation will bring with them a high-tech weapon never before used in combat or in peacekeeping. The device is a powerful megaphone the size of a satellite dish that can deliver recorded warnings in Arabic and, on command, emit a piercing tone so excruciating to humans, its boosters say, that it causes crowds to disperse, clears buildings and repels intruders.

"[For] most people, even if they plug their ears, [the device] will produce the equivalent of an instant migraine," says Woody Norris, chairman of American Technology Corp., the San Diego firm that produces the weapon. "It will knock [some people] on their knees."

raytheon is located locally at... 12.Apr.2004 13:41

blood on their hands

Raytheon Aircraft CO
6629 Northeast 82nd Avenue Suite 203
Portland, OR 97220
map | driving directions


Raytheon Aircraft Regional Offices
Gresham, OR 97030


not to mention... 12.Apr.2004 15:13

this thing here

then there's the bio-weapons that can only effect specific geno-types. this another hot product from the boys at PNAC and the military/pharmaceutical/industrial/bio-tech/entertainment complex.

these guys think they're hot shit. after work they go to the bar and give each other high fives for coming up with yet another well put "whip for the overlords".

here's the jingle: "the same coercive power as death, without the messy questions and moral implications!"