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By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Naval Studies Board, Committee for an Assessment of Non-Lethal Weapons Science and Technology

Non-lethal guns (NLWs) are designed to lessen fatalities and different undesired collateral harm while used. occasions of the previous few years together with the assault at the USS Cole have raised rules in regards to the function NLWs can play in improving aid to naval forces. specifically to what volume and in what components should still division of the army (DoN) -sponsored technological know-how and expertise (S&T) offer a examine base for constructing NLW functions? to aid with this query and to guage the present NLWs software, the Joint Non-Lethal guns Directorate (JNLWD) and the workplace of Naval examine (ONR) asked the nationwide study Council practice an review of NLWs technology and know-how. The record provides the result of that overview. It discusses promising NLW S&T parts, improvement accomplishments and matters approximately NLW, and sequence of options approximately destiny NLW improvement and application.

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Enabling Technologies Technologies for Delivery of NLWs Important characteristics of delivery systems include range, payload capacity, payload flexibility, delivery accuracy, reusability, and specific applicability to allow deployment of a particular non-lethal weapons technology. By their nature, non-lethal weapons technologies often have limited range and some variation in effects. This implies that non-lethal weapons delivery systems are particularly important in order to maximize the effects of the weapon on target.

S. forces through the rules of engagement (ROE) have often required that any collateral casualties be held to a minimum. 2 The National Defense Authorization Act of 19963 required consolidation of nonlethal weapons responsibilities. Deputy Secretary of Defense John Deutch responded by directing DOD to become actively involved in planning for integration of non-lethal weapons; this led to the formation of the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD) in May 1996. S. S. Navy. In January 1997, a Joint Service 2Weiner, Malcolm H.

The 40-millimeter (mm) Mk19 grenade developed for shooting from M203 and M79 weapons dispenses rubber balls for dispersing large crowds and achieving site security. The 40-mm sponge grenade can knock down an individual at 50 m. The ring airfoil grenade launched by an M234 is an aerodynamically shaped, soft rubberlike ring that spins in flight and is accurate from 40 to 60 m. Stun guns in the form of air/water jets mounted on vehicles are designed for crowd control. -diameter non-lethal torpedo capable of carrying a 50-lb payload.

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