BAE Laser Dazzle System enlisted to stop Somali pirates

September 11, 2009--Remember the non-lethal Laser Dazer? Well make room for the Laser Dazzle System. The United Kingdom's Daily Express reported that a new Laser Dazzle System from BAE Systems (Farnborough, Hampshire, England) was unveiled at DSEi 2009, the Defence Systems & Equipment International show in London, England. The Laser Dazzle system is one of several technologies designed to counter the threat posed by Somali pirates off East Africa.

September 11, 2009--Remember the non-lethal Laser Dazer? Well make room for the Laser Dazzle System. The United Kingdom's Daily Express reported that a new Laser Dazzle System from BAE Systems (Farnborough, Hampshire, England) was unveiled at DSEi 2009, the Defence Systems & Equipment International show in London, England. The Laser Dazzle system is one of several technologies designed to counter the threat posed by Somali pirates off East Africa.

The article said that the Laser Dazzle System can disable pirates from 1,000 yards. The laser will not harm the pirates but is designed to confuse them when shone on to their boat as they prepare to board tankers and cruise ships.

Earlier this year, Boeing won a contract for a Free Electron Laser (FEL), designed to deliver "U.S. Navy ships to deliver nonlethal or lethal effects on a target."

For more information, go to the U.K. Daily Express article.

--Posted by Gail Overton, gailo@pennwell.com; www.laserfocusworld.com.

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