TFB’s Photo Of The Day – See the unexpected as we take a look at an LA9-P “Laser Dazzler” from B.E. Meyers.
Above you can see Chief Master-at-Arms Carlton Gaillard as he identifies a target with an LA9-P laser dazzler from the bridge wing of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57). The crew is participating in the Carrier Strike Group Four task force exercise in preparation for an upcoming deployment.
Below you can see how they mounted the LA-9 into a chassis. The scope is probably a red dot to be able to aim roughly.
Photos above by Petty Officer 3rd Class Danny Nunez.
Below you can see the description of the laser.
For long-distance hail and warning, especially during maritime security, the GLARE® LA-9/P combines a powerful green beam with Eye Safe® technology. The laser rapidly determines if an unintended observer is within the nominal ocular hazard distance (NOHD) and immediately shuts off the glaring output to prevent accidental eye injury. Once the bystander has moved out of the NOHD, the laser output instantly resumes.
Warnings can be sent out to 4 km at night and 1.5 km during daylight. Offensive glaring is achievable out to 500m to hinder and prevent further aggression.
In theater, GLARE lasers have been proven to save lives of both civilians and soldiers by providing a rapid warning method across cultural and linguistic boundaries.
The LA-9 was new to me. I’m sure getting a green laser in through the windows of a ship could work preventively.
Do you have any experience with it? Let us know below in the comments.