Cook ‘Em, Dano

By Deane Barker on December 3, 2004

Report: Raytheon ‘heat beam’ weapon ready for Iraq: This is probably the closest thing yet to a laser gun.

“It’s there, it’s ready,” said Heal, who has felt the weapon’s beam and compares it to having a hot iron placed on the skin. “It will likely be in Iraq in the next 12 months. They are very, very close.”

The weapon, mounted on a Humvee vehicle, projects a “focused, speed-of-light millimeter wave energy beam to induce an intolerable heating sensation,” according to a U.S. Air Force fact sheet. The energy penetrates less than 1/64 of an inch into the skin and the sensation ceases when the target moves out of the beam.