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US Marines get laser addons to temporarily blind opponents

•, brian wang

Targets can include sensors or human vision. Initially developed for military use, non-military products are becoming available for use in law enforcement and security.

Marine requirements wanted a system to operate up to 500 meters. Company spokeswoman Grace Strong said in an email that the gear, "provides immediate and recognizable visual warning quite a bit farther than the stated 500 meters. It is, in actuality, effective to (more than) 25 kilometers."

Marines expect 144 units to be delivered in the coming months and 1,848 units fielded by early 2019.

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