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Non-Lethal Laser Weapon Halts Aggressors
By Eva D. Blaylock / Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy Directorate Public Affairs

U.S. Air Force Capt. Drew F. Goettler, of the Air Force Research Laboratory' Directed Energy Directorate, demonstrates the Personnel Halting and Stimulation Response, or PHaSR, a non-lethal illumination technology developed by the laboratory's ScorpWorks team. Air Force courtesy photo

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., Nov. 1, 2005 – A laser technology being developed by Air Force Research Laboratory employees at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., will be the first man-portable, non-lethal deterrrent weapon intended for protecting troops and controlling hostile crowds.

The weapon, developed by the laboratory's Directed Energy Directorate, employs a two-wavelength laser system and is the first of its kind as a hand-held, single-operator system for troop and perimeter defense.

The laser light used in the weapon temporarily impairs aggressors by illuminating or "dazzling" individuals, removing their ability to see the laser source.

The first two prototypes of the Personnel Halting and Stimulation Response, or PHaSR, were built at Kirtland last month and delivered to the laboratory's Human Effectiveness Directorate at Brooks City Base, Texas, and the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate at Quantico, Va. for testing.

"The future is here with PHaSR," said program manager Capt. Thomas Wegner. He is also the ScorpWorks flight commander within the Laser Division of the directorate.

ScorpWorks is a unit of military scientists and engineers that develops laser system prototypes for Air Force Research Laboratory, from beginning concept to product field testing.

The National Institute of Justice recently awarded ScorpWorks $250,000 to make an advanced prototype that will add an eye-safe laser range finder into PHaSR.

Systems such as PHaSR have historically been too powerful at close ranges and ineffective but eye-safe at long ranges. The next prototype is planned to include the addition of the eye-safe range finder and is planned for completion in March 2006.


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I find this technology very interesting; I've often wondered when we would progress to a point of being able to create small tactical laser/energy weapons.


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junglizm said:
The laser light used in the weapon temporarily impairs aggressors by illuminating or "dazzling" individuals, removing their ability to see the laser source.
so um.. its like a very expensive and high tech way of tailgating someone with your high beems on?



Wear sunglasses.
Just a matter of time to find out the optimal frequence spectrum.
What color?
Blue? Not likely..
Probably infrared?

Criminals mostly wear sunglasses anyway.. :thumbsdn:



Noalear said:
wait did you say small? lol
Its as big as he is!
I said I was looking forward to the day when we can develop small and useful laser weapons. I didn't mean that the weapon in the article was small.
pyrodude said:
It doesn't look that practicle does it.
No, but it shows that energy weapon technology is improving, which I find pretty interesting.


The real man's bitch
Fair enough. Energy wepons have been trialed for a while now. I remember a few years ago a truck fitted with a prototype laser weapon that could destroy artilery shells in mid air.


That's CPT. Forge to you!
It looks too impractical for what it would be used in. I mean really are you expecting to see riot police on the streets with weapons as big as they are? Too big, it's probably very clumsy to handle. Very ineffective.