When the Active Denial System (ESS) is activated, it emits a high-frequency electromagnetic beam on a target at a distance of a kilometer. It is mounted on military vehicles for crowd control. Generated waves cause pain and a natural tendency to disappear.
"This is the most secure device for life in our arsenal," - said the head of the Joint Management of non-lethal weapons, the Marine Corps Col. Tracy Tafolla.
"You will not see, hear or smell it. You will feel its effects," - she added.
Military commanders and scientists have demonstrated this system to journalists based in Virginia. Several journalists have volunteered to test its impact on themselves and reported that arising feeling like a hot stove.
In 2008 the design of the system was stopped, but two years later it applied in Afghanistan.
It is rumored that the Pentagon is going to create an air version of the weapon.
The risk of injury is much lower than with other non-lethal weapons such as rubber bullets and gas canisters.
Stephanie Miller of the Air Force Research Laboratory, has tested it on more than 11,000 volunteers and only two of them have received second-degree burns.
Despite fears of a long-term health problems, the researchers determined that the beam does not cause cancer, fertility problems or birth defects.
As the program manager Brian Long, with absolutely all subjects arose reflex desire to escape.
Possible applications include the provision of security of the base or crowd control, as well as an effective means of stopping the car without destroying it.
As reported by the officials, the Ministry of Defense of the United States has spent $ 120 million on the system, with the bulk of the funds went to the study of the biological effects of weapons.
The frequency of the beam is 95 GHz and, therefore, acts mainly on the surface. It penetrates only 0.4 millimeters, which provides security for life.
Although the intensity of the emitted wavelength is 100 times greater than in an ordinary microwave beam that can not even cook a bag of popcorn. The fact is that the radio frequency does not penetrate deep enough to heat the material from the inside.