Do you know what it feels like to be dipped in lava?
Well, apparently the Air Force (and possibly some less successful double-0 agents from 1960s) does. So, the Air Force has a new weapon that can make a human target feel like they are being dipped in lava. This weapon, called the Active Denial System, has been designed for use in quelling riots in urban areas.
And it’s just been OK’d for use… In Iraq!
The ADS, or "Pain Gun" as it’s more affectionately known, emits a 95GHz millimeter wave that causes extraordinary (and excruciating, some "experts" would claim) pain for anyone in its path for up to 500 meters. The military has gone so far as to say that the toughest test subjects were only able to withstand 5 seconds of "burning" before running in terror.
So, in short, we’ve developed a gun that cooks people with microwaves. Sure, the weapon is not lethal in so far that people who are capable will run for hills after being touched by this thing for less than a second. However, I do have one question: What would happen if this thing was fired at a target incapable of movement? I think it would be something like this.
Engadget.com: "Pain Gun" gets Air Force green light