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[NS] BAE Develops Anti-Pirate Laser.

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http://www.newscientist.com/article/...high-seas.html

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While the effects are not permanent, the light should leave pirates at least wishing they had worn an eyepatch or two: from as far away as 1500 metres the effect of looking at the beam is like accidentally looking at the sun, says Hore.

"Sunglasses wouldn't help," he says – in fact, wearing them would only exacerbate the effect. That's because the glasses would not affect the green laser light – chosen because that colour is particularly irritating – but the laser would appear even brighter contrasted against the darkened background.

"It's a warning shot," says Hore. "[The pirates] are looking for targets of opportunity," he says.

The metre-wide beam can target the entire vessel and its crew. "They tend to be 6-metre skiffs," says Hore, so the beam can be scanned across the entire vessel. This would make it difficult for the attackers to target their weapons, which are usually AK-47 assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, he says.
So if sunglasses don't help, what about those shades that Cyclops from the X-Men wears?

Ruby Quartz should stop that beam in it's tracks!
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I came in here expecting the RIAA to have created disc reading lasers that when detecting a copied CD-R, open the tray and blind you. This is cool though.
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I came in here expecting the RIAA to have created disc reading lasers that when detecting a copied CD-R, open the tray and blind you. This is cool though.
Nah man, these here be them sea-faring mateys.
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Given BAE systems are official suppliers of ammunition to the British Army, why not just replace the laser with a rifle bullet? More effective imo and doesn't require the costly R&D
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I came in here expecting the RIAA to have created disc reading lasers that when detecting a copied CD-R, open the tray and blind you. This is cool though.
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They should just use LRADs.
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Given BAE systems are official suppliers of ammunition to the British Army, why not just replace the laser with a rifle bullet? More effective imo and doesn't require the costly R&D
Insurance.

No, seriously, same reason why they can't carry firearms, port laws and insurance doesn't like it.

The best pirate deterrent rather then this non-lethal junk would be allowing ships to carry light 20/40mm cannon, but since that isn't allowed, I suppose this will have to do.
    
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Noob tubes. It's the only clear answer for stopping those smelly sea-trolls.
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I've got a better idea. Equip your vessels with guns. And when these guys come at you, kill them. /problem
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Insurance.

No, seriously, same reason why they can't carry firearms, port laws and insurance doesn't like it.

The best pirate deterrent rather then this non-lethal junk would be allowing ships to carry light 20/40mm cannon, but since that isn't allowed, I suppose this will have to do.
This is Somalia... they don't have a Government (that is in control). What happens in Somalia, stays in Somalia. Although, then again it perhaps isn't fair lighting up every fisherman in his rubber dingy...

On a serious point, they don't carry weapons because usually, the pirates take the boat peacefully and the shipping merchant pays out. The hostages/crew have no interest in being boatsmen/mercenaries and risk taking an RPG to the head
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