Moody tests new life saving technology - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Moody tests new life saving technology

January 24, 2007

Moody Air Force Base - US troops are being deployed into war zones where there are no clear battle lines and combatants often hide among the innocent.

So they take precautionary steps to avoid the loss of innocent lives.  "You always want to talk to people first and try to use non-verbal technic, then verbal, and then climb that latter until you use deadly force," says Col. John Decknick, Commander of the 820th Security Forces.

Airmen at Moody Air Force Base are testing a new non-lethal weapon to help in these situations.  "This is a transformational technology that gives the war fighter an option of shooting an M-16 lethally or pushing the fighter back," says Col Ken Hasegawa, Commander of the 642nd Electronic System Squadron.

It's called the the Active Denial System and is the first non-lethal, directed energy, counter-personnel weapon developed by the Department of Defense.

Drivers use infrared cameras to focus and control beam millimeter waves that when targeted toward an enemy, will penetrate the top layer skin without causing injury.  "It provides a compelling heating sensation if it's against a targeted individual and they are going to immediately know that they've been given a warning to stop what they are doing," says Susan Levine of the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program.

The idea is that the heat wave will help deter combatants without killing them.

And Team Moody has no doubt the weapon would help with their security operations overseas.  "It will help with all of our missions. Having this capability, this tool in our tool box for whatever mission we're going to go, we're glad to bring it with us," Col. Decknick adds.

They ADS is still years away from production and DOD officials estimate it will cost millions of dollars each by the time they are ready to deploy.

Moody will continue testing the weapon until September.

The Department of Defense will use Moody's feedback to improve the system and make it compatible for use on land, air, and sea.

Feedback: news@walb.com?subject=NewWeapon/Eakin

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Police respond to robbery by snatching at Albany package store

    Police respond to robbery by snatching at Albany package store

    Saturday, March 25 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-03-26 03:32:15 GMT

    Albany Police have responded to a robbery by snatching at the National Package Store on Oakridge Drive. Dispatch has confirmed the call came in just before 8 p.m. Saturday, and the suspect fled the scene.

    More >>

    Albany Police have responded to a robbery by snatching at the National Package Store on Oakridge Drive. Dispatch has confirmed the call came in just before 8 p.m. Saturday, and the suspect fled the scene.

    More >>
  • "The Voice" contestant J Chosen helps community at Albany Strong Fun Fest

    "The Voice" contestant J Chosen helps community at Albany Strong Fun Fest

    Saturday, March 25 2017 10:32 PM EDT2017-03-26 02:32:57 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    The focus Saturday was on taking a break from storm cleanup and recovery, and to have a little bit of fun at the Albany Strong Fun Fest. The festival happened all day, with bands hitting the stage from 12:30 to 7 p.m.

    More >>

    The focus Saturday was on taking a break from storm cleanup and recovery, and to have a little bit of fun at the Albany Strong Fun Fest. The festival happened all day, with bands hitting the stage from 12:30 to 7 p.m.

    More >>
  • Former America's Got Talent finalist visits Albany for "Seniors on the Runway"

    Former America's Got Talent finalist visits Albany for "Seniors on the Runway"

    Saturday, March 25 2017 9:46 PM EDT2017-03-26 01:46:19 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    A big voice with roots in South Georgia visited Albany this weekend. Quintavious Johnson placed fifth on America's Got Talent back in 2014. He has family who lives here in Albany.

    More >>

    A big voice with roots in South Georgia visited Albany this weekend. Quintavious Johnson placed fifth on America's Got Talent back in 2014. He has family who lives here in Albany.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly