Pentagon’s lightning gun sold for scraps on eBay

There was a time, not all that long ago, when the Pentagon sank tens of millions of dollars into remote-controlled lightning guns that it hoped would fry insurgent bombs before they killed any more troops. Now, disassembled parts from the one-time wonder-weapons are being sold on eBay. At least one buyer snatched up… » 8/07/11 1:45pm 8/07/11 1:45pm

The US military's heat ray weapon is now in Afghanistan

The Active Denial System, an invisible heat ray that induces a painful burning sensation on human skin, has joined US marines in Afghanistan. Unlike the smaller, 750-foot-ranged Silent Guardian, the ADS can emit heat beams over 1,640 feet. [BBC] » 7/17/10 4:30pm 7/17/10 4:30pm

It's Like a Heatwave Burnin' In the Subcutaneous Layer of Your Skin

The terms "U.S. Marines" and "non-lethal" seem pretty antithetical to each other, but the Leathernecks are close putting in an order for Raytheon's Silent Guardian millimeter wave defense system. As far as non-lethal weapons go, this one's pretty hardcore - it slowly cooks you from the inside. But they swear it will… » 10/14/08 10:40am 10/14/08 10:40am