Battlefield Gadgets: Troops using more non-lethal technology

In a tech-savvy world, troops are turning using more non-lethal technology to complete missions. Our Amanda Kelley shows us some new gadgets ready to hit the front lines.



OTTAWA, CANADA - -The front lines of defense are becoming much more high tech and many state-of the art devices ready for the battlefield are now non-lethal.


Active Denial Deputy Program Manager John Thurman said,"At the end of the day this provides us the ability to keep everyone a little bit safer. Whether it's troops or people we're actually in country with. We're able to keep everyone on both sides of the firefight potentially safe."


Equipment like this Active Denial System are said to be potential game-changers, helping decrease damage.


Thurman said, "This basically represents the state of the art for non-lethal crowd control."


Using radio frequency, this device can keep crowds back, keeping troops safe without harming anyone involved.


Marine Corps. Retired Lt. General Emil Bedard said, "I like the technology because it's got a probably greater stand off range than most of our capabilities or many of our capabilities. It can be used for both individuals as well as crowds. And it gives you the capability of clearing out an area that you don't want anybody in."


Vehicle stops are also becoming easier thanks to small devices like this one. Soldiers can speak into a device saying, stop your vehicle or other phrases and the device translates it into one of several different languages.


Voxtec International Managing Director of Sales Clayton Millis said, "You can really speak freely off the top of your head, what you need to say for that situation. And now we're moving from free speech one way as well into two way. So you can ask that foreign speaker discrete questions and you kind of direct the dialogue. That's what we encourage them to do. They're asking questions like, 'How old are you?', 'Do you live in this village'."


The SQ 410 is the first device that allows two way free speech translation, and can make all the difference.


US Marine Corps Trainer Daniel Dixon said, "That helps make them understand what we want to do. So it's not putting a weapon in your face, it's getting them to understand what's going on."


Millis said, "What they've really turned into are systems that help to increase communication between English speakers and foreign speakers and they break down mistrust."


Truly changing the way our nation and many others operate overseas.


Voxtec translator devices have been deployed with 10th Mountain Division soldiers to help them complete their missions in Afghanistan.

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