This is an amazing time for law enforcement in terms of technological advances, particularly in the area of less-lethal force interdiction. Oftentimes these advances don’t totally replace existing equipment or techniques. They merely supplement and enhance existing modalities.
For instance, a particular device’s effectiveness and versatility has been increased by combining it with other devices; there are Taser mounts to add the Taser X26 to the rails of an M4-type carbine, pepper sprays have been added to police flashlights, and laser beams now see regular service as close-range sighting systems for pistols, shotguns and rifles. Which brings me to the topic at hand: the Xtreme Alternative Defense Systems (XADS) Threast Assessment Illumination Device (TALI) green laser threat interdiction system.
I first encountered XADS at a recent weapons show. I was walking by their booth when I spotted their big boy system, the TR3 Counter-Piracy/Border Security Laser Rifle. The 2.5- to 3-watt TR3 rifle, at a price in the range of $24,900, is designed not to vaporize pirates and their boats as they approach a ship with intent to board, but to interdict their ability to see their way to the ship in the first place—without causing permanent eye damage.