You may recall previous posts marveling at the fact Her Majesty’s Government bans self-defense firearms while forcing London residents to quarter surface-to-air missiles—whether the terrorist targets beneath said ordnance like it or not. (Now you know why we have a third amendment.) Of course, the average Brit couldn’t give a toss; they’re not planning on piloting a plane over the City of London during the Olympics (who can afford the petrol?). Meanwhile and coincidentally, Auntie Beeb reports that the UK military are deploying a Sonic the Hedgehog—I mean a sonic gun to keep boaters and protestors from boating and protesting . . .
The Ministry of Defence has confirmed a sonic device will be deployed in London during the Olympics. The American-made Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) can be used to send verbal warnings over a long distance or emit a beam of pain-inducing tones.
Not that they’d do that in the Land of Hope and Glory, mind you. Or that “pain inducement” makes the LRAD a weapon. Per se.
The manufacturer denies it is a weapon and the MoD said it would be used “primarily in the loud hailer mode” . . .
A spokesman for the San Diego-based LRAD Corporation said the 1000Xi was “an effective long range communications system that broadcasts focused, highly intelligible, multi-language messages, instructions and warnings over distances up to 3,000 metres to peacefully resolve uncertain situations” . . .
The piercing beam of sound emitted by the device is highly directional. Some versions of the LRAD are capable of producing deafening sound levels of 150 decibels at one metre.
Just so you know, 3,000 meters is 1.86411 miles. Any sound over 140db can cause permanent hearing damage. A jet engine at 100′ generates 140db. A shotgun blast is 165db. Which means the “It’s SO not a weapon” LRAD can generate sound somewhere between the two.
[NOTE: the LRAD in the video above was not cranked up to maximum. If it had been all those nice young people would have hit the deck in unbearable pain, regardless of any attempts to block the sound with their digits.]