US Marines’ new weapon can electrocute enemies from 300 feet away – and is so dangerous they had to make it LESS deadly
THE US Marine Corps is testing a powerful electroshock weapon that can zap enemies from 300 feet away.
Dubbed “Specter”, the non-lethal projectile can be fired from a shotgun and downs targets using a taser-like electric shock.
The weapon is the brainchild of Colorado-based tech research firm Harkind Dynamics and is part-funded by the US Department of Defense, New Scientist reports.
The makers of Specter (Small arms Pulsed Electronic Tetanization at Extended Range) say it can be fired from any 12-gauge shotgun.
It’s designed to incapacitate targets rather than kill them, with a range of up to 330 feet (100 metres) – roughly the length of a football pitch.
For comparison, the average range of a taser is roughly 25 feet (7.6 metres).
To avoid causing serious injury, the projectile deploys a parachute right before it hits an enemy to slow it down before impact.
According to Harkind Dynamics, the parachute halves the speed of the projectile.
Within a metre of its target, Spectre releases three electrode darts that can penetrate clothes and skin.
It’s these darts that deliver the electric shock, which incapacitates the target.
The projectile works a bit like a long-range taser that can hit targets more than 300 feet away (stock)[/caption]
Apparently, the darts will keep shocking whatever they’ve hit if they sense movement – to ensure targets stay down.
Non-lethal weapons like tasers are useful to riot police and other law-enforcement officers who need to take down violent people from a distance.
However, the US Army and Marine Corps are increasingly kitting soldiers out with the weapons to subdue unruly individuals without killing them.
Some experts expressed concern that the Spectre weapon could seriously injure those it’s fired at.
Terrifying space weapons of the future
Here are three of the scariest…
Rods from God
- A strange but utterly terrifying weapon has been dubbed “rods from the God” and is based on the concept of creating man-made meteorites that can be guided towards the enemy.
- Instead of using rocks rods the size of telephone poles are deployed.
- These would be made out of tungsten — a rare metal that can stand the intense heat generated by entering Earth’s atmosphere.
- One satellite fires the rods towards the Earth’s atmosphere while the other steers them to a target on the ground.
- Reaching speeds of 7000mph they hit the ground with the force of a small nuclear weapon — but crucially creating no radiation fall out.
- As bizarre as it sounds, a US Congressional report recently revealed the military has been pushing ahead with the kinetic space weapons.
Molten metal cannons
- This intriguing idea is being developed by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
- It is called the Magneto Hydrodynamic Explosive Munition or MAHEM.
- This game changing rail-gun can fire a jet of molten metal, hurled through space at several hundred miles per second by the most powerful electromagnets ever built.
- The molten metal can then morph into an aerodynamic slug during flight and pierce through another spacecraft or satellite and a munition explodes inside.
Space force ships
- Already the United States is powering head with its spacecraft, although China is busy developing one of their own.
- The top secret American XS-1 under development by DARPA.
- It can travel ten times the speed of sound and launch missiles.
- Meanwhile an unmanned craft is currently being developed in the China Aerodynamics Research and Development Centre in Mianyang, Sichuan province, which is also known as Base 29.
“If the parachute did not deploy, then you have the danger of direct impact with blunt trauma and possible penetration,” a spokesperson for the Omega Research Foundation, a UK-based security tech monitor, told New Scientist.
“If it hits the head there is a risk of serious injury or death,” they added.
It’s not clear when Pentagon officials hope to get the weapon into the hands of Marine soldiers.
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