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Weapons against the crowd - electricity!

What is the worst weapon in the hands of the crowd? Of course, the usual cobblestone, known for a long time as a "weapon of the proletariat", and, by the way, why? Yes, because to use the police against people with cobblestones something more effective is cruel and undemocratic, but something equivalent to it is simply impossible! And what if the crowd still needs to be dispersed ?!

That is why, already in the middle of the 20 century, projects of special machines for the police appeared in a number of countries around the world, which could use non-lethal, but, nevertheless, quite effective weapon against the crowd. In Czechoslovakia in the years before World War II, even special police armored vehicles were created in these integers. They had an armored body and a rotating machine-gun turret, in which, besides the ZB.34 machine gun, there was also a water cannon, and in the back of the body was a tank for water supply. The project turned out to be clearly redundant, because, in general, the BA machine gun doesn’t need a water cannon, and the cannon doesn’t need a machine gun! Nevertheless, with the light hand of the Czechs, water cannons got a residence permit on police cars, and the power of their water cannons was increased by all means in order to make them a truly effective means of dispersing all the same demonstrators. And yes - it turned out, only the water on such “cars” in their tanks quickly ends. In addition, people who are knocked down with a water jet can then get up again and ... again start throwing bricks at the police, or even throw metal nuts with a sling from an ordinary scarf. Experiments have shown that a nut thrown in such a way, screwed from a railway track, can break a plexiglass police shield, and you don’t have to say about a mask on a helmet!

Of course, there is also tear gas and plastic bullets, but again this is a weapon that may seem to someone - and primarily foreign journalists - to be redundant and they can write about all this that it would be better for them not to wrote. The ideal weapon in this case is a taser — a weapon that paralyzes active opponents of the police with an electric current; however, today, the firing range of a taser is small. The question arises, what about? And here the experience of the past may well come to our aid.

And it was so that all such projects, which envisaged the creation of non-lethal means of influence, surpassed the “electric tank” project, which was developed as early as 1935 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. And this project is so interesting that it should be considered in more detail. Let's start with the chassis, because it also deserves attention. The fact is that it was very original, surpassing any other cars of that time with its originality! So for driving on the highway, wheels had to be installed on it, which could be raised and lowered by the force of the motor. But for some reason, for the movement over rough terrain, the designers chose not caterpillars, but augers! That is, it was a tank-auger, which could move through the snow, as well as by water and by land, and not only back and forth, but also sideways! Why such difficulties - it is not clear, but so difficult a complex chassis simply could not fail to make an impression on weak minds!

But the main thing this tank was to surprise was its armament. But it was not a cannon, and not a machine gun, but a generator of electric discharges Van de Graaff! This generator was in the form of a large metal ball on a cylindrical stand, which was mounted above the body. Moreover, inside it (and also inside the ball) between the pulleys, a silk ribbon was quickly and quickly rewound, which was rubbed on special brushes. Thus, electric charges were generated that were transferred to the outer shell of the ball, and this ball itself from the body tank, and what was inside him, was most carefully isolated. The operator’s cabin was located inside the ball, and in total its armament consisted of a water cannon with a supply of water in a special armored tank! When the operator directed a stream of water at the enemy, then artificial lightning had to strike through it with a discharge of hundreds of millions of volts and ... literally burn down all wet and living. Other crew members controlled the diesel engine and had to drive the tank. Van de Graaff himself was able to create a generator with a capacity of seven million volts, and this, of course, is an impressive value, but the designers of the tank did not manage to increase the range of the water cannons, therefore, apparently, the Americans did not build it.

Today, the task of creating such a bulky and inconvenient in all respects "ashes of all living things" well, obviously is no longer worth it. Another thing - the fight against violators of law and order. After all, it is obvious that, combining water with electricity, it is quite possible to achieve such an effect that no illegal elements can simply counteract the police forces, which will be equipped with such "lightning generators", and not on a fantastic auger rotor, but on the most ordinary wheeled chassis ! In this case, purely on a psychological level, such a machine would look simply intimidating, not to mention the fact that an electric shock could immediately paralyze anyone who could get water. The special range of a water cannon would be completely unnecessary to such a “police tank”, as well as too high a voltage. And if so, this means that such a tank would be able to shoot a lot and often, with minimal water consumption, and it is precisely such a weapon that the modern police need today, and it would have an excellent export potential!
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  1. Aryan
    Aryan 19 August 2013 09: 41
    hard to believe
    remembered the experiment of destroyers of legends
    when they peed on an electric fence
  2. Egoza
    Egoza 19 August 2013 09: 42
    "Such a tank could shoot a lot and often, with minimal water consumption, and it is precisely such a weapon that is exactly what modern police need today, and it would also have excellent export potential!"
    Well, export will go with a bang! But to apply it "at home" - all the same howl "other correspondents" will raise!
    “Fight for the truth” and “human rights”, as well as fight, the West considers it necessary only on foreign territory.
  3. strange and pretty meaningless
    strange and pretty meaningless 19 August 2013 12: 07
    "Another thing is the fight against violators of law and order. After all, it is obvious that by combining water with electricity it is quite possible to achieve such an effect that no illegal elements simply cannot resist."

    The "zombie box", which has been widely used for a long time, has a much greater effect.

    "And if so, it means that such a tank could shoot a lot and often, with minimal water consumption ..."

    And this is the saving of priceless water resources ...

    "... but it is precisely such a weapon that the modern police need today, and it would also have excellent export potential!"

    The genius of gloomy thought ... You will be spouted by this very child prodigy. With water saving wassat And if you drool delight - then water is not needed laughing
  4. optimist
    optimist 19 August 2013 12: 17
    Instead of thinking about ways to root out the causes of riots, thinking about ways to disperse them. As always: the fight against the investigation, not the cause ... Well, the Russian rebellion, "senseless and merciless" no wunderwales will stop! laughing
    1. smile
      smile 20 August 2013 00: 24
      By the way, Russian riots, in comparison with those that took place at the same time, for example, in Europe, the apotheosis of humanism (on both sides, after the suppression of the uprising, only a few people were killed) and peacefulness ... During the terrible Pugachevshchina, only about three hundred nobles (except for those who were in the army), but it was a "peasant war" .... to compare with the same monstrous Jacquerie, who really mercilessly flooded the whole country with blood, it's just inconvenient ... :)))
  5. Mikhail3
    Mikhail3 19 August 2013 12: 46
    Is it okay that all the electronics hundreds of meters around this "non-lethal agent" will either burn out or wildly shut down? Considering the undoubted fact that this electronics belongs in such cases to the police and special forces ... And that the individual dose, so to speak, from which a person can die or remain crippled, depends, for example, on whether he drank alcohol the day before, and the amount of alcohol and well-being is very important? The conductivity of the skin changes at times, you know ... how could we not fry our own "cosmonauts", you never know, came from a hangover ...
    1. Apollo
      Apollo 19 August 2013 14: 50
      stock footage in the topic
      1. APASUS
        APASUS 19 August 2013 21: 28
        Quote: Apollon
        stock footage in the topic

        After a trip to Afghanistan, this equipment was discontinued and sold for scrap, it turned out that the consequences for the operator are much worse than for those being dispersed.
        There, insurers set such amounts to the Pentagon that the program curtailed by itself
  6. matross
    matross 19 August 2013 17: 28
    The electric tank is Horosho, and the Lutsse machine gun! wink
  7. poquello
    poquello 19 August 2013 22: 07
    What garbage
  8. Torquemada
    Torquemada 19 August 2013 22: 42
    Blinsky hedgehog, tesla tank from Red Alert. =)
    The article, of course, is funny, but in my opinion, a person who is a little familiar with electricity, the view, the only striking factor of such a tank will be step voltage.
    From wikipedia:
    "Step voltage is the voltage caused by an electric current flowing in the ground and equal to the potential difference between two points on the earth's surface, located at a distance of one step of a person. The step voltage depends on the length of the step, soil resistivity and the strength of the current flowing through it.
    When exposed to a step voltage, involuntary convulsive contractions of the leg muscles occur and, as a result, a person falls to the ground. Current begins to flow between new points of support - for example, from arms to legs, which is fraught with death."
    Humidified the soil and the crowd, gave the current - humanity from all the cracks (from all electrodes).
    But in reality, the result of the impact of the tank will be in direct proportion to the distance between the "tank" (discharge point of entry) and each specific subject
    Application of electrical injuries of various degrees by "tank", for example:
    - 70 and more meters - Easy or I degree. The person experiences unpleasant sensations, involuntary muscle contraction and convulsive twitching appear.
    - 70-40 meters - Medium degree (II). Impaired consciousness and cramps. A person can either fall into a daze or act extremely agitated.
    - 40-20 meters. Severe (III) degree. Loss of consciousness, convulsions, the development of arrhythmias and respiratory rhythm disturbance.
    - 20 and closer - Instant death.
  9. scientist
    scientist 20 August 2013 22: 49
    The problem of developing non-lethal weapons has been developing for a long time in the whole world, but the article is clearly 50 years behind in time. Microwave and infrasound generators, laser emitters and much more have been developed and tested for a long time. The problem is that all this is not only not safe for the crowd, but also for everyone who is nearby and even more so controls these weapons. But I think this will soon be sorted out or equipped with such weapons of robots.