Magazine article National Defense

Powerful Flashlight Used as Nonlethal Weapon

Magazine article National Defense

Powerful Flashlight Used as Nonlethal Weapon

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* The ALPHA-1 searchlight--which functions as an extremely powerful flashlight--can shine up to 1.6 miles and be used in a variety of missions as a nonlethal weapon, its European distributor said.

The system is made by Japan Cell Ltd. and is sold in Europe through a partnership with PROCentrum, a Dutch company.

Eric Sanders, CEO of PROCentrum, said the system could be used in border and crowd control missions by SWAT teams and by militaries for a variety of purposes.

"It's a nonlethal weapon," he said during an industry conference in London. "If I would enter a building and there's a person over there watching me I could ... put this in his eyes and he would be blind for the next 20 minutes."

If the ALPHA-1 's light is directed at an adversary's eyes from 25 meters it would blind them temporarily but leave no permanent damage, he said. "That gives me the edge to go to him and take the person into custody."

The system has been tested in a variety of environments including desert and maritime, he said. …

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