• 'Sonic weapon' deployed in London during Olympics
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[Quote] The Ministry of Defence has confirmed a device which can be used as a "sonic weapon" 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. The equipment was spotted fixed to a landing craft on the Thames at Westminster this week. An MoD spokesman said it would be used "primarily in the loud hailer mode". Royal Marines operating in patrol craft from HMS Ocean are also heavily armed with conventional firearms. 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. But the device, which was used this week during Exercise Olympic Guardian, can also be used to broadcast verbal warnings, such as ordering crowds to disperse. The San Diego-based LRAD Corporation has previously sold the device to the US Army, which deployed them in Iraq for crowd control. They have also been bought by the US Navy and Air Force as well as a number of police forces worldwide. It has been successfully used aboard ships to repel Somali pirates. The panel-shaped LRAD is mounted onto steerable gimbals and said to be far more efficient than a normal loudspeaker. A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "As part of the military contribution to the police led security effort to ensure a safe and secure games, a broad range of assets and equipment is being used by our armed forces". "This includes the LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device) which will be deployed during the Olympic Games primarily to be used in the loud hailer mode as part of the measures to achieve a maritime stop on the Thames." [/quote]
Jesus it's like they're expecting a goddamn alien invasion during the Olympics or something.
[QUOTE=DireAvenger;35917900]Jesus it's like they're expecting a goddamn alien invasion during the Olympics or something.[/QUOTE] Iron Sky is real, you didn't know?
This is getting ridiculous
It's the god damn bugs.
Gotta go fast?
This is getting more comical every day.
It's just an LRAD. [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSMyY3_dmrM[/media] Good for crowd control.
Next article: "Samurai deployed throughout London to combat Ninjas during the Olympic Games"
Is this the Olypmics or is it a military hardware showcase? I'm starting to think it's the latter.
Maybe we should do London Olympics every year, that way military technology will advance 10 times more quickly.
[QUOTE=DireAvenger;35917900]Jesus it's like they're expecting a goddamn alien invasion during the Olympics or something.[/QUOTE] Well last time the Martians caught us off guard and killed loads of people with their heat rays so if they try again we'll have them.
gotta go weaponized
[QUOTE=HeavyGuy;35918035]Well last time the Martians caught us off guard and killed loads of people with their heat rays so if they try again we'll have them.[/QUOTE] Ah yes, the good old 1972 Olympics.
London's become a fortress. They act like something bad will happen.
If it can permanently damage hearing, isn't it a bit excessive?
I wonder if that thing would work to broadcast music....
[QUOTE=Usernameztaken;35918144]I wonder if that thing would work to broadcast music....[/QUOTE] If you like music so loud that your eardrums literally rupture, then sure.
[QUOTE=Thaard;35917949]Gotta go fast?[/QUOTE] Come on terrorists, step it up!
[QUOTE=mac338;35918059]Ah yes, the good old 1972 Olympics.[/QUOTE] Oh jesus I just found out there was a massacre at the 1972 Olympics. I honestly did not know that.
[img]http://cdn.wegotthiscovered.com/wp-content/uploads/mario_sonic_london_2012_olympic_games_boxart_3ds-404x360.jpg[/img] This is what I thought this thread was about when I first read it. Maybe some sort of publicity stunt.
[QUOTE=OvB;35917964]It's just an LRAD. [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSMyY3_dmrM[/media] Good for crowd control.[/QUOTE] "Permanent hearing damage" That thing cant be legal.
[QUOTE=Baldr 2.0;35918341]"Permanent hearing damage" That thing cant be legal.[/QUOTE] Why wouldnt it be? Its like standing behind a jet engine. A lot of things can cause permanent damage
Good god London. What next, inventing, building and deploying your own Gundam? Maybe plonking one of our supercarriers in the Channel?
[QUOTE=areolop;35918362]Why wouldnt it be? Its like standing behind a jet engine. A lot of things can cause permanent damage[/QUOTE] If you have people rioting, it's unjustified to cause permanent ear damage to them in order to break them up. It's lazy, unethical and dangerous.
[QUOTE=Baldr 2.0;35918341]"Permanent hearing damage" That thing cant be legal.[/QUOTE] You can get permanent hearing damage from standing too close to an amp at a gig or nightclub. Should those be illegal then?
They can turn the volume down, I doubt they would go full blast
[QUOTE=Baldr 2.0;35918341]"Permanent hearing damage" That thing cant be legal.[/QUOTE] Hey bro, having music above 85 dB causes permanent hearing damage over longer periods of exposure. To put this in perspective, standing close to a busy roadway is about 80-90 dB, a jackhammer is 100 dB at 1 meter away. I can't remember exactly, but I think sound intensity is inversely proportional to distance, so 2 meters from a jackhammer should have half intensity, so 2m would be 90 dB(please correct me if I'm wrong). Your ears are fragile, they get damaged easy.
i dont know about anyone else but this seems [I]REALLY[/I] 1984 like. not trying to make some metaphor here, but it just seems so orwellian to have a device pointed at your own citizens that, "can be used to send verbal warnings over a long distance or emit a beam of pain-inducing tones." holy shit
[QUOTE=squids_eye;35918412]You can get permanent hearing damage from standing too close to an amp at a gig or nightclub. Should those be illegal then?[/QUOTE] How can you even compare the two? One is voluntary recreation, one requires another person to purposely harm another.
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