Modern warfare is often characterized by heavy firepower such as guns, tanks, and attack aircraft. But as the United States faces operations in the “gray zone” — actions that remain below the level of conventional armed conflict — there is an increasing need for nonlethal options. In charge of the Pentagon’s effort to develop such
Marines will soon have a Star Trek phaser-like new green laser that can reach out and “warn or visually suppress” opponents without firing a round. The Ocular Interrupter System is essentially a green light with a combined laser range finder that gauges shooter-to-target distance then adjusts the light to deter, but not blind, personnel.
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,