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USAF furthers directed energy bio-effects research

5th September 2013 - 16:03 GMT | by Jonathan Tringham in London

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The United States Air Force (USAF) has awarded General Dynamics a research contract for the Directed Energy Bio-effects Research (DEBR) programme, it was announced on 3 September.  

The new contract, worth $49 million, is geared towards the development of ‘novel’ bio-effects applications for directed energy and kinetic energy systems, including non-lethal future weaponry.

On 22 February the USAF Directed Energy Bio-effects Division 711 HPW/RH announced the DEBR programme, outlining its plans to test how directed energy, riot control agents, broadband light, acoustic sounds, and blunt impact materials affect the human body.

According to the announcement, the goal of the …

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