Right now there are rubber bullets and bean bag projectiles used
to stop aggressors plus other less and non-lethal weapons as well.
Future weapons, however, will rely more heavily on technology
and strategy. Some of the future weapons that are now in development
include lasers and laser induced plasmas, optical distractors,
active denial technology, focused acoustics and vehicle and vessel
Lasers may be used on the ground or in space such as the U. S.
plans for a national defense system. A Personnel Halting and Stimulation
Response Rifle (PHASR) has been shown to temporarily blind an
opponent. The same goes for the Light Emitting Diode Incapacitator
(LEDI) that causes temporary blindness, nausea and vomiting and
thus has been called the Puke Ray.
A Laser Induced Plasma Channel (LIPC) is an electroshock weapon
that uses lasers fired into the atmosphere that causes
blooming of the gases to ionize into plasma forming a
channel for electricity.
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Optical distractors are not future weapons in and of themselves
but aid other weaponry or can be used as a "warning shot"
so to speak to aggressors. Optical distractors are lasers that use
directional energy to overwhelm an adversary's visual acuity, provide
a warning or provide the aggressor an opportunity to clarify their
intent of action. The affect is similar to bouncing sunlight off
a mirror, but with more focused and precise energy.
Another of the future weapons we will see shortly are advanced
active denial technology (ADT) systems. Recently, the military has
demonstrated the effectiveness of ADT's to the general public through
the major media outlets. ADT's were built primarily for crowd control
and work by sending out electromagnetic radiation that causes a
sensation of heat. Some ADT's have been used to immobilize vehicles
and Raytheon has developed a table top unit to be used by police,
security personnel and the military.
Because of the potential
for misuse, injury and potential death from the
ADT, the future of this future weapon is now uncertain
unless drastic changes are made or its purpose changes,
such as exclusively using the technology for the
immobilization of vehicles.
Immobilized Aerial Vehicle
Focused acoustics are future weapons that are in some degree already
here. Focused sonic and ultrasonic sound waves as weaponry have
been developed by the military for crowd control and immobilization
of the enemy. Sonic and ultrasonic waves can cause nausea, discomfort,
disorientation (vibration of eyeballs) and incapacitation, such
as eardrums exploding. Another unpleasant device is called the MEDUSA
(Mob Excess Deterrent Using Silent Audio) that causes incapacitation.
Future weapons may include infrasonic devices that can pass through
concrete walls and steel without interruption to target humans on
the other side. Besides the complications listed above for focused
acoustics the infrasonic devices can cause severe lung and intestinal
problems as well.
The military has expressed that distance vehicle stopping
to be one of their main safety concerns. Some of the future
weapons being developed to stop vehicles at a significant
distance include high output microwaves that disrupt electronic
engine components, high energy lasers and advanced ADT
systems. Of course, downing another vehicle is still an
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Of course some other future weapons may include the Variable Velocity
Weapon System that will let soldiers set their guns to kill, wound
or just bruise opponents, depending upon the situation (crowd control
versus enemy combat) and non-lethal tetanizing weapons. The non-lethal
tetanizing weapon uses a high beam of ultraviolet energy to immobilize
aggressors. The target's muscles are stimulated to the point of
immobilization and the person falls to the ground.
Two more future weapons on the horizon are next generation unmanned
aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) and micro UAVs. Both are used today
for surveillance and reconnaissance, but in the future the scope
will broaden and especially micro UAVs will be used increasingly
inside of large or densely packed cities.
Some of the larger drones
today can fire weapons upon the enemy. In the future
drones will be able to fire lasers, blasts of electromagnetic
radiation and biological weaponry.
Biological future weapons will play an increasing role in military
warfare in the coming years. Military leaders have been concerned
about biological warfare for decades and it is likely that this
will be in the arsenal of weapons in future military use. As a nonlethal
weapon, a designer virus will need to be introduced that will have
temporary incapacitating effects and will not spread beyond the
Put aside your Honda ASIMO as robots will also be used as future
weapons. And these robots will be armed with future weapons themselves.
From smaller devices that you mind find in robot battles or devices
that the police bomb squad may use to larger size "war robots"
it will all be in play not too many years from now.
And if you think robotic exoskeletons are a thing of science
fiction such as from the movie, Avatar, then take a look
at this video to see what the U. S. military is using right now
This is just a glimpse of the less lethal and nonlethal future
weapons to come. In fact, technology will exceed the maturity
of our societies as a whole on earth, so conflicts among
countries are not going away any time soon. Those with
the most advanced weapons will win both the battles and
Written by Kevin Lepton