Metal Storm wins research contract

Metal Storm and General Dynamics have been awarded a research contract to develop a vehicle mounted non-lethal counter-personnel[^1] weapons system. Military & Areospace reports …

The system is to dispense a new non-lethal munition that will incapacitate personnel through light, sound, and pressure stimuli and will provide longer range, greater area coverage, extended duration, and better scalability of effects than current non-lethal weapon systems, Marine Corps officials say.

Metal Storm 3GL attached to M16

Metal Storms technology makes perfect sense as a vehicle mounted anti-personnel system. The Metal Storm 3LG (pictured in the video above) is semi-automatic but light weight and compact (no protruding magazine). It would be much easier to add to a vehicle alongside lethal weapons than a belt-fed or cylinder fed 40mm launcher.

As an aside, the political correctness of less lethal systems always amuses me. The word “pressure stimuli” is used instead of “blunt force trauma” to describe whacking a person in the chest with the force of a baseball bat! I also like how they use the term “counter-personnel” instead of “anti-personnel”.

[ Many thanks to Daniel E. Watters for the info ]



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  • Jim

    About time! These guys have a damn good idea, and they should not be allowed to die before they get off the ground.

  • Vak

    Funny how each shot sounds slightly different from the other because of the “futuristic” design.

  • It isn’t the 3GL. Instead, it is based on their FireStorm multi-barrel launcher. You covered this system last month in regards to its installation on an iRobot UGV.

    http://investor.metalstorm.com.au/IRM/Company/ShowPage.aspx?CPID=1832&EID=84657796&PageName=Metal Storm – Major US Marines Non- Lethal Weapon Contract

    Here are some additional links for background information regarding the MPM-NLWS program.

    https://www.jnlwp.com/misc/fact_sheets/MPM%20-%2014%20May%2008.pdf

    http://www.dtic.mil/ndia/2008Intl/MissionPayloadModuleNLWeaponSystem.pdf

  • Maigo

    Reloadable? About time

  • zack

    Not completely sold on the idea.

  • DavidR

    Sort of an aside, but what exactly is the “correct” way to fire a forward mounted grenade launcher? You can see soldiers firing M203s with either hand on the launcher’s trigger, but it seems much more consistent to pull both triggers (rifle and grenade) with the same hand.

    Even in this staged video it looks like the guy almost squeezes the rear trigger before he remembers that he’s supposed to be squeezing the front one!

  • Carl

    I think this will be quite heavy when fully loaded. A semi-auto GL is fine, but probably better as a stand-alone weapon.

    A video showing the accuracy between shots would be interesting.
    Also, how do you aim this thing?

  • AK™

    Looks really heavy. I would prefer single shots.

    Ethically/morally it might be wrong,but instead of using a LTL,just shoot one person,the rest usually fall right into place..or you could always use water or electricity.

  • Here is more information regarding the two systems, including illustrations.

    http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/05/marine_grenade_052310w/