Archive for the 'Afghanistan' Category

National profile: Tasers in AFGHANISTAN (2013-10-27)

Posted on October 27 2013 by admin

There have been no reported purchases or uses of tasers by the Afghan police or military, but at the height of the occupation, the country was often a testing ground for taser weapons, including new experimental devices, for use in policing and particularly “crowd control”. The Marines and the US Army appeared enthusiastic these “less-than-lethal” […]

USA – Pepper Spray, Tasers, and LRADs — What’s Behind the Explosion of ‘Less Lethal’ Weapons for Crowd Control? (2011-12-05)

Posted on December 5 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A long article … “Media-friendly” weapons – such as Long Rannge Accoustic Devices LRADs) – are being tested for everyday policing and crowd control, and as uprisings around the world spread, the demand for nonlethal weapons is increasing. Tasers are one such weapon, in which the military and policing overlap. Unlike rubber […]

USA – Department of Homeland Security-Funded Taser Drone Launched in Texas (2011-11-01)

Posted on November 1 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: Bringing Afghanistan to your neighborhood police-force …. Drones for policing or border patrols? Why not? The ShadowHawk is a 50lb mini drone chopper that can be fitted with an XREP taser with the ability to fire four barbed electrodes that can be shot to a distance of 100 feet, delivering “neuromuscular incapacitation” to […]

AFGHANISTAN / USA – Montgomery, Maryland: Department of Homeland Security-Funded Taser Drone Launched in Texas (2011-10-31)

Posted on October 31 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: UAV (“Unmanned Aerial Vehicle” or drone) used against insurgents in Afghanistan can incapacitate suspects from above – it was demonstrated by a police unit – the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office – and will be operational within a month. This shows the ties between military/policing in the USA. The ShadowHawk on show in  is […]

AFGHANISTAN – In the trenches: Pentagon testing “Taser grenades” (2011-03-11)

Posted on March 11 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “The Pentagon recently placed an order for a test batch of “Taser grenades,” a long-range electroshock projectile; the grenades, designed by Taser International under a $2.5 million contract, are a forty-millimeter Human Electro-Muscular Incapacitation (HEMI) projectile that is intended to stick to a target and deliver a series of intense electric shocks, […]

AFGHANISTAN – 2-star supports more use of nonlethal weapons (2011-02-02)

Posted on February 2 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Marine commander says “nonlethal weapons could prevent civilian casualties and give Marines and soldiers the ability to better confront situations in which it isn’t clear whether lethal force is necessary”. Fine, BUT the experience is consistent: tasers escalate violence in crowd-control situations and are NOT an alternative to “lethal  force”. Particularly worrying: […]

AFGHANISTAN – Soldiers in Afghanistan issued heat-ray gun (2010-07-19)

Posted on July 19 2010 by admin

The London Telegraph report that Coalition forces in Afghanistan having been issued a newly-developed heat-ray gun to disperse crowds and repel enemies without injuring them. This “non-lethal weapon” is NOT A TASER PRODUCT. It causes an “intolerable heating sensation”…

IRAQ-AFGHANISTAN – RAND Corp. Report on military « underkill » and taser appropriateness (2009)

Posted on December 31 2009 by admin

“Electric-shock tasers are useful only at short range against small numbers of individuals, are not scalable, and can cause pain.” The taser doiesn’t pass the “rock-throwing distance”— about 100 metres, the range a weapon must have to afford the user protection against rock-throwers.

AFGHANISTAN – Taser x-rail mounting system … (09-11-22-date downloaded)

Posted on September 22 2009 by admin

Taser “X-rail” developped for US military in Iraq and Afghanistan (very brief report from Taser International)

USA – TASER press release: TASER(R) International Receives $1.8 Million Contract From the United States Military for TASER Non-Lethal Technology (2004-06-30)

Posted on June 30 2004 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Mainly for potential investors: $1.8 million Military Contract Represents the Single Largest Order in Company History. TASER president, Tom Smith says: “It is exciting to see the United States military place an order of this size after seeing the weapon’s success over the last year in theaters such as Afghanistan and Iraq. […]