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Raytheon offers ‘pain gun’ to troubled India

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, February 13, 2011 7:02 EDT
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BANGALORE, India (AFP) – US defence group Raytheon says it wants to sell India a controversial “pain gun” it claims would be safer than rubber bullets in quelling unrest in the insurgency-racked country.

The Silent Guardian Protection System is billed by its makers as the 21st century equivalent of tear gas or water cannon — a way to subdue rioters while inflicting minimal harm.

The US military withdrew the weapon last year from war-torn Afghanistan amid opposition from human rights activists worried about its safety. The US army has never commented on why it withdrew the system.

“We are meeting various elements of the Indian government, who are seeking information” on the weapon, senior Raytheon executive George Svitak told AFP at India’s largest airshow in Bangalore late on Friday.

Raytheon says the weapon, which causes agonising pain but no lasting damage, would be less likely to cause injury than water cannon, tear gas or rubber bullets frequently used by Indian troops to break up unruly crowds.

Raytheon has already sold the system, variously dubbed the “pain gun” or “ray gun”, to unnamed government clients, said Svitak on the sidelines of the airshow slated to end Sunday that has drawn 675 international firms.

India has been searching for better ways to control crowds after 114 people were killed last summer during anti-India street protests in restive Indian Kashmir, mainly by police bullets.

The weapon sends out beams of radiation that stimulate human nerve endings from a transmitter the size of a large TV screen mounted on the back of a truck.

The beam barely penetrates the skin, meaning it cannot cause visible or permanent injury, said Svitak. However, anyone in its path will feel an extremely painful sensation all over their body.

It can also be used to pinpoint individuals.

Indian Premier Manmohan Singh recently told state police chiefs to deal with protesters humanely.

“We need to revisit crowd control measures to deal with public agitations with non-lethal, yet effective and more focused measures,” Singh said, referring to use of excess force in Kashmir.

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  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    Department of Homeland Terror is a big fan of the Pain Gun

    only for when the people need to be put down

  • Anonymous

    Great, we can test it out on the Indian guinnea pigs before turning on our own.

  • http://twitter.com/scaryfiles The Instigator

    Ohh…. they’ve tried these out on U.S. crowds before. It’s a HERF (high-energy radio frequency) device that basically puts protesters in a microwave oven.

    Fight microwaves w/microwaves, people! Anti-pain gun HERF device targets the circuits of the device with a beam of microwaves (principle of induction). When the anti-tech HERF is turned off, the Tesla effect happens (spark of juice through the target circuit can fry it.) The basic idea anti-tech HERF device: 1 auto battery, 1 auto coil (ramps up volts, ramps down amps), a switch, and a home Comcast/DirectTV satellite dish (all antennas are both transmitters and receivers). Beef up your HERF tech-zapper by adding (1:1:1) batteries, coils, and LMDs (the antenna part of the dish). Small device will stop a car or fry a computer (close range). US Military has one that will knock planes out of the sky at Los Alamos. Should work on the pain-gun, too (unless they use ceramic-coated wiring). Scaling up requires only basic auto-electronics knowledge.

  • Anonymous

    I was an electronics engineer for 35 years or so, and can think of some pretty good countermeasures that would defeat such a system. It may work for a little while, but its usefulness won’t last.

  • Anonymous

    This system is not safe and has never been safe for crowd control, it was slated to be used in Iraq and that was called off. This is a portable microwave oven and the pain is caused by excited water molecules in the skin cells, those skin cells are essentially in the first stages of being cooked from the inside out, just like a hotdog in your microwave. The military says that the issues regarding exposure of the eyes and hotspots because of metal (think zippers and coins and keys) have been worked out but can that be trusted? Do you trust that assurance?

    This is IMO one of those things that transcend technological concerns (calibration, proper function) or logistical (crowd dynamics leading to non-uniform exposure) and just goes to the soul of the device and its use: this is an inhumane tool meant specifically to cause extreme pain. It’s a high tech flamethrower IMO. It’s just plain immoral.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TTNGTGMM7RSGK4BS3SSKQ3ZA2Y Andy

    Although China’s economy is taking over, China’s purchase ability is still only 1/5 of Japans because there are a lot of people that won’t buy Chinese goods because of the poor quality. Their average GPD (general income per person much lower than Japans.China would be wise to change their tactics in the production game.

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