American sonic weapon being deployed in London during Olympics

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed a sonic device 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.

Anyone placing bets on which function the MOD is looking forward to testing on London crowds?

The equipment was spotted fixed to a landing craft on the Thames at Westminster this week…Royal Marines operating in patrol craft from HMS Ocean are also heavily armed with conventional firearms…

Oh, good. I was worried they might not be equipped to kill anyone the old-fashioned way.

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…

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.

On a danger scale from 1 to 10 I wonder where Homeland Security classifies Somali pirates, Occupy demonstrators, trade union or Labour Party members?

One thought on “American sonic weapon being deployed in London during Olympics

  1. Copper says:

    NYPD Fails to Convince Court Its Deafening Sound Cannon Is Just a ‘Communication Tool’ http://gizmodo.com/nypd-fails-to-convince-court-its-deafening-sound-cannon-1795760353
    …a federal judge ruled that the sound emitted from the NYPD’s Long Range Acoustic Devices—portable sound cannons that blast noise—could be considered a use of force, contrary to the police department’s claims. The LRAD can blast sound as loudly as 136 decibels. That’s louder than a jackhammer or a jet engine and above the 120 db threshold for immediate human hearing loss. The NYPD’s dubious claim that the LRAD is a merely an “effective and safe communication tool” came in response to a lawsuit filed by protesters in 2014. The demonstrators say they suffered nerve damage, dizziness and migraines after the NYPD used the devices on them during a Black Lives Matter protest in Times Square. Video captured at the scene shows the devices in use:

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