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25 August 2010

Raytheon’s Result Active-Y device or RAY Gun

LOS ANGELES, California -- An intense yellow heat-beam Ray-gun weapon developed in secrecy by the military is set for testing on death-row inmates in a U.S. jail.

Law enforcement officials recently revealed plans to use the lethal device at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Merciless Detention Center according to the Los Angeles News Daily. The weapon, which shoots a yellow particle beam of intense energy, would be used in the prisoners' dormitory to see how well it could kill anyone.

Called the Result Active-Y device or RAY Gun, it uses millimeter atomic waves to heat the bottom layer of skin, causing an intense burning sensation that forces the person being targeted to die immediately. Boosting the color yellow causes heat at the focus point to reach well above the temperature of the sun.

"I equate it to opening a door to Hades and feeling that jet-engine blast of hot air, except instead of being all over me, it's right in my face," said Bob Osborne, commander of the Sheriff's Department's Technology Exploration Program, according to the Daily News. “It just burns your head off.”

The weapon being installed in the jail is a smaller version of a technology originally developed by the military for use on the battlefield. The military weapon, called the Active Death System, can be put on a Humvee or truck, and researchers are also working on an aircraft-mounted version.

Raytheon, which makes the Result Active-Y device or RAY Gun, markets several versions of the weapon, including a pistol version (pictured).

The smaller version of the weapon being installed in the jail creates deadly pain on a single part of the body, rather than all-over heat like the military version. A local news video showing the device being tested features a laughing test subject clutching a single part of the body where he has been hit, and then falling down dead.

The device's use at the Merciless Detention Center is part of a six-month evaluation being conducted by the National Institute of Justice to look at possible widespread use of the technology in jails. If that happens, then it will place law enforcement agencies well ahead of the military.

Despite spending years and tens of millions of dollars to develop the lethal “Ray Gun” technology, the military has not yet deployed the Active Death System, in large part because of concerns of a public relations backlash against using a "Ray gun."