Solid State Active Denial Technology for Non-Lethal Crowd Control

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January 16, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: January 16 on

Engineers at Picatinny Arsenal are developing technology for non-lethal crowd control designed to help protect Soldiers while minimizing collateral damage and preventing any permanent physical harm.

Engineers believe that the Solid State Active Denial Technology or SS-ADT, is highly promising for crowd dispersal, checkpoint security, perimeter security, and port protection from both mobile and fixed site applications. Other potential applications include static defense, suppression of vehicle and vessel operators or occupants, along with critical asset protection.

“The work over the last few years resulted in a working prototype that is planned for use in Military Utility Assessments,” said Thomas Shadis, chief of the Directed Energy and Non-Lethal Branch, which is part of the U.S. Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center or ARDEC.

“The team continues to work on further reducing the size, weight and power of the technology to enable integration on tactical vehicles,” Shadis continued.