The US wants a laser weapon that shouts at people before burning them

A person in front of a laser

A laser weapon could shout at you from far away

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By David Hambling

The US Marines are developing a new laser weapon that can transmit voice messages at long range, or be turned up to deafen, dazzle or cause painful burns.

The Scalable Compact Ultra-short Pulse Laser System (SCUPLS) will be a non-lethal weapon for crowd control or , according to US Navy documents.

The weapon builds on previous prototypes developed by the Pentagon. An igniter laser fires an intense pulse lasting just a few million-billionths of a second powerful enough to create a ball of plasma, which …

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