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High global demand for non-lethal weapons
From NATO to the Brazilian police, security forces across the world are increasingly arming themselves with non-lethal weapons that cause minimal injury with zero loss of life. The sophisticated technology behind these weapons allows a police officer or a soldier to direct energy that causes intolerable heat sensation but the subject, after being neutralized, is back on the feet in 10 minutes.

In a recent exhibition on non-lethal weapons in the US, fully automatic guns and pistols operating on battery, having plastic bullets with the ability to fire high-frequency rounds, were displayed to hundreds of interested buyers. The market for non-lethal weapons is growing, and they are increasingly being used for law-enforcement weapons, for pyrotechniques, control of crowds, neutralize vehicles, and most importantly incapacitate individuals without killing them.

After about 10 minutes the subject is almost back to normal - about 85 per cent back to normal. Then all he needs is a bit of water, and he is on his way," Andre Blouin, an expert on non-lethal weapons, told AP at the exhibition.

A representative of NATO interviewed at the exhibition, said, "Developing non-lethal weapons capabilities is a very important part of NATO's response in different battlefields, as part of its ongoing and future operations, and NATO's counter-terrorism efforts. Through these weapons NATO can achieve its objectives without loss of life. Nowadays, a lot of officers and soldiers don't really want to shoot anybody to kill. They rather bring them in because they want to interrogate them. When addressing the problem of terrorism, we obviously need to find primarily non-military responses through which we can prevent terrorism rather than deal with the consequences. I think all these technologies help us to meet these objectives.

Recently, Brazil, which will be holding the soccer World Cup in 2014, is buying thousands of non-lethal weapons to deal with different security threats - with the express purpose of policing and securing without seriously harming anybody. Using non-lethal weapons also defuses potenitally explosive situations as compared to using weapons with live conventional ammunition that can result in loss of life and thus escalation of a situation.

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