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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2018 9:24 p.m. PST

"The van driver who killed 10 Toronto pedestrians on Monday showed that a terror technique that ISIS pioneered in Iraq and Syria in 2015 remains terrifyingly effective against unsuspecting urban populations. But the U.S. military is working on a new weapon to stop vehicle-born terrorist threats, one that could help police departments as well.

The Defense Department's Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program, or JNLWD, is pushing ahead with a new direct energy weapon that uses high-powered microwaves to stop cars in their tracks without damaging the vehicle, its driver, or anyone else.

The jammer works by targeting the car's engine control unit causing it to reboot over and over, stalling the engine. Like an invisible hand, the microwaves hold the car in place. "Anything that has electronics on it, these high-powered microwaves will affect," David Law, who leads JNLWD's technology division, said in March. "As long as the [radio] is on, it holds the vehicle stopped."…."
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PMC31727 Apr 2018 1:48 a.m. PST

As with so many of these things, the counter is to go to analogue technology.

You can't raygun a Bedford 15cwt! For example.

vicmagpa127 Apr 2018 6:06 a.m. PST

Nice article Armand. glad to see somebody is not asleep at the wheel.

Roderick Robertson Fezian27 Apr 2018 10:50 a.m. PST

Except that. since you can't read the driver's mind, by the time you realize you need it, the incident is over…

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2018 10:58 a.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend!. (smile)


Oberlindes Sol LIC27 Apr 2018 1:25 p.m. PST

As a pedestrian and bicyclist in San Francisco, I've wanted such a device for years.

Most drivers here are actually terrorists who just happen not to be aligned with any particular faction or ideology other than, "I'm getting through this intersection and devil take you all."

I hope a commercial version becomes available soon.

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP29 Apr 2018 5:06 p.m. PST

Roderick Robertson is right. A random terror attack will typically be over by the time the police arrive and unless every cop has the magic ray gun it's a waste of time.

They might have some value in stopping vehicle pursuits so they don't go on for hours, run people over, crash into cars, and snarl up traffic.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

TMPWargamerabbit01 May 2018 5:59 p.m. PST

Wouldn't work on my cars…… no computer or similar computer chip devises…old fashion early or mid 20th century steel (1939, 1969). I guess it would work on my club car (2007) but I wouldn't find a police unit chasing me at my speed with any system so described.

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