Now Hear This: Convoys Gain Warning System
Edited by Robert H. Williams
Convoys in Iraq will be equipped with systems that transmit a loud, penetrating beam message to a range of 500 meters. Tagged LRADs, or long range acoustic devices, they are being produced by the American Technology Corp., of San Diego, Calif., at the request of the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force.
Comparable systems have been effectively used in a variety of land and sea-based applications. “The LRAD 500 configuration provides the operator with a critical tool to hail, notify, warn, or gain compliance in host nation languages before escalating to a non-lethal or lethal response against unauthorized individuals or groups approaching Army convoys on foot or in vehicles,” mentions A.J. Ballard, a company executive.