Active Denial System (ADS) developed by Raytheon for the US
Air Force Research Labs is a non lethal, counter-personnel directed
energy non-lethal weapon which can be used against human targets
at distances beyond the effective range of small arms. ADS projects
a focused millimeter wave energy beam which induces intolerable
heating sensation on an adversary's skin and cause that individual
to be repelled without injury. ADS could be used to stop, deter
and repel hostile elements without applying of lethal force.
ADS was developed by Raytheon company for the US Air Force Research
Laboratory (ARL) and DOD Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate.
The program is currently in Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrator
(ACTD) phase, which is scheduled to continue through the end
of 2005. ADS will be operated from HMMWV, equipped with adequate
power sources. Another application of ADS is considered for
airborne applications, from platforms such as the AC-130 gunship.
The development program will use more powerful and lightweight
version of the land based system. This project is scheduled
to continue through 2008.
of January 2007,
the system has entered extended user evaluation phase, and is
currently deployed with the Air Force's 820th Security Forces
Group (SFG) at Moody air force base in Georgia, USA. 820 is
the first unit selected to conduct these tests. The system will
be evaluated in assisting troops in securing base perimeters,
checkpoints and entry control points during peacekeeping and
humanitarian assistance, and crowd dispersal.