The US Army has begun testing the green laser escalation of force (GLEF) kits in Afghanistan for operational assessment.
Mounted on the common remotely operated weapon station, the GLEF system will be used by soldiers to deter and visually warn the target subject before escalating force while conducting daily operations.
US Army soldier weapons project manager Colonel Douglas Tamilio said that green lasers had been proven safe and effective as a non-lethal tool to send a strong message without the need to employ deadly force.
The GLEF system sends a wide band of green light that temporarily disrupts enemy’s vision while driving a vehicle or aiming a weapon.
The system is mainly used to warn civilians away from checkpoints and other areas where their safety is at risk.
Crew-served weapons programme manager Major Michael Pottratz said the human eye was four times more sensitive to green light than to red light during the day and far more sensitive at night.
“The effect is the same as looking at the sun for a fraction of a second,” Pottratz said.
Tests carried out by selected army units will run for 90 days and report back to PEO Soldier on system performance and its impact on operations.
Feedback collected from the soldiers will be incorporated into the final designs of GLEF kits.