Pentagon officially made public about the latest non-lethal weapon of U.S. called Active Denial System (ADS) or better known as the “Ray Gun”. The cost per unit is $13.1 million… cheap compared to other weapons used by the US Military. It physically doesn’t look like a gun that your hands can hold and don’t expect any thundering sound with an enormous beam of light to come out of it just like you see in kiddie cartoon shows, but instead it is a satellite dish mounted on a humvee vehicle… and one more, it could not kill you (huh?!). Hell yeah, it won’t! Once hit by the ADS, you will feel like being zapped, a feeling that is similar to a blast that comes from a hot oven, it penetrates the nerve endings of the skin enough to cause discomfort and pain but really no lasting harm. Other side effects are rashes, and 2nd to 3rd degree burns.
Now here is the drama. Is ADS really an effective tool to manipulate the enemies of war? From what I saw at the press demo on CBS news, the ADS could only be effective in controlling or dispersing crowds, but in war where high powered guns, grenades, and bombs are involve, this may not be an effective deterrent. Oh this brings me to the fact that on an average/regular day, humidity in Iraq is 37 to 39 degrees Celsius, so if the US Military will use oven heat as weapon (wahahaha this one cracks me up!), they better think again. Isn’t it that one effect of radiation is cancer? Now, that is one big side effect. I like sponge bombs better.