“No this is not a movie prop nor will it be marketed by Mattel for the bigger boys this Christmasâ€“ it is one of two working prototypes of a non-lethal laser gun built by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directed Energy Directorate. The non-lethal illumination technology weapon was developed by the laboratory’s ScorpWorks team.
“Dubbed the PhaSR (who needs a Madison Avenue creative team when you can come up with names like this â€“ an acronym for Personnel Halting and Stimulation Response), it is the first man-portable, non-lethal deterrent weapon and is intended for protecting troops and controlling hostile crowds.
“The weapon employs a two-wavelength laser system and is a hand-held, single-operator system for troop and perimeter defense. The weaponâ€™s laser light temporarily blinds its targets.”