The U.S. Military unveiled new technology this week, in the form of a futuristic heat-ray.
“You’re not gonna see it, you’re not gonna hear it, you’re not gonna smell it: you’re gonna feel it,” US Marine Colonel Tracy Taffola explained to members of the media.
He elaborated, saying that the "Active Denial System" is one of the military's safest non-lethal capabilities, having been developed over 15 years but never utilized in the field.
It was briefly deployed in Afghanistan in 2010, but never used in an operation.
From some 1000 meters, or .6 miles, a truck can aim this beam at many attackers, making them all feel incredibly hot via an electromagnetic beam. There are no lasting effects, just an irresistible urge to run away from whatever was causing the sensation. "We can shoot first, and ask questions later. Normally you can't do that," one uniformed serviceman said.
In order to avoid accidents, the operation's trigger automatically shuts off after just three seconds. “This provides the safest means and also provides the greatest range,” Taffola explained.
Some still have concerns about the weapon's safety, particularly surrounding what differentiates this device from a microwave. Are you almost "cooking" these people for three seconds, like what would happen in your kitchen?
According to Stephanie Miller, who measured the system’s radio frequency bioeffects at the Air Force Research Laboratory, this is not at all the case. She said that the system has a frequency of 95 gigahertz, which is absorbed "very superficially,” only touching the top 1/64th of an inch of a person's skin, not their entire body. The result is that a person's "pain nerves" are activated, making them want to run, but not causing any real or lasting damage.
She elaborated, saying, "We have done over 11,000 exposures on people. In that time we’ve only had two injuries that required medical attention and in both cases injuries were fully recovered without complications."
In layman's terms, while a microwave could cook raw chicken, the Active Denial "heat ray" couldn't pop a bag of popcorn “because the radio frequency is not penetrating [enough] to internally heat the material...There’s no cancer risk, there’s no risk to a fetus or reproductive capability. It’s just heat.”
The U.S. Military has offered many places where the technology could be utilized, like mob dispersal, checkpoint security, perimeter security, area denial, and infrastructure protection.
Watch Fox News' Peter Doocy try it out for himself, below: