Marines Adopt Ocular Interruption Laser Device to Stun Opponents

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November 20, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: November 20 on

It is the new USMC Ocular Interruption System, and a Redmond, Washington-based company just secured a $49 million contract to supply it.

B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc., announced earlier this month that the Marines have adopted the company’s Glare Recoil weapon-mounted hail and warning laser system as part of the OIS program. The 17-ounce Recoil, classified as the LA-22/U by the military, is a 250mW maximum output green laser dazzler that also doubles as a laser rangefinder.

According to Meyers, the device is used to project a “veiling glare” out to several kilometers. Considered eye safe and unable to blind–which is against the Geneva Convention– it is designed to disorient the target and obscure their vision.