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The Army’s newest non-lethal weapon basically lets soldiers shoot enemies in the face with hot sauce

Business Insider – by John Haltiwanger

The Army has a new non-lethal weapon to help soldiers in Afghanistan “irritate and deter” potential adversaries with pepper-filled balls, Army Times reports.

The non-lethal launcher, known as the Variable Kinetic System (VKS), is made by PepperBall Technologies. It fires projectiles much like paintballs containing a hot pepper solution.

“We are truly honored the US Army has selected PepperBall’s VKS to use as its non-lethal protection in its mission to defending the United States,” Ron Johnson, CEO of United Tactical Systems, which owns PepperBall,said in a statement.

“Our VKS platform was the only non-lethal source that was capable of complying to the US Army’s standards,” Johnson added.

The projectiles have a range of around 50 yards and leave a “debilitating cloud,” impacting the eyes, nose and respiratory system. The irritant, which is 5% pelargonic acid vanillylamide (PAVA) and a synthetic version of pepper spray, is released when the projectile makes contact.

The weapon is built like a paintball gun and can carry up to 180 rounds when it’s in “hopper mode” and 10 or 15 rounds when it’s in “magazine mode.”

The Army awarded a $650,000 contract for the weapons, which reportedly have the same controls and ergonomics of the M4/M16 weapons system, which many soldiers already carry. In other words, it will not be tough for most soldiers to transition into using these non-lethal launchers.

In total, the Army reportedly purchased 267 of the weapons, which are currently being used in training.

Weapons like this can help soldiers in high-intensity, urban settings and especially during crowd control situations.

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-army-has-a-new-non-lethal-weapon-that-fires-pepper-filled-balls-2018-6

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6 Responses to The Army’s newest non-lethal weapon basically lets soldiers shoot enemies in the face with hot sauce

  1. Mark Schumacher in LV says:

    Fill the little suns a britches full of gasoline that ignites on impact.

  2. mary in ND says:

    “We are truly honored the US Army has selected PepperBall’s VKS to use as its non-lethal protection in its mission to defending the United States,” ….oh paleeese……

    ‘Weapons like this can help soldiers in high-intensity, urban settings and especially during crowd control situations’……….translation: these weapons will soon be seen in the hands of cops over here

  3. Martist says:

    Well…it ain’t gonna work on wetbacks so y’all better start building up your tolerances to high scoville units. Mary is right.

    On a happier note, it would be preferable for pigs to bring tabasco sauce to a gunfight!

  4. galen says:

    Torture knows no bounds. It is cruelty without limit. To invent things like this, how very scared they must be.

    .

  5. KOYOTE says:

    i’ll stick wIth lead projectiles…..

  6. Enemy of the State says:

    You do this , I’m all for it , let’s make this mandatory for the blue line gestapo to keep their murdering numbers lower
    I know guys that will stand in line to eat this up .. literally , and have no problem ,the hotter the better

    While I’ll just keep with my high speed lead injection system
    See you on the front lines

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