Burke’s Pulsar is the Name of the Army’s New Ray Gun, Attachable to a Standard-Issue M4

By: | April 29th, 2015

According to Defense One, the Army is working on an attachment for the deadly M4 that could turn it into a ray gun when needed.

The new device is called ‘Burke’s Pulsar,’ named after its inventor, an electronics engineer with the Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.

Burke’s Pulsar can be mounted on the barrel of a standard-issue M4, where it utilizes the piezoelectric effect to convert explosive energy into electrical energy after a blank round is fired.

The electrical energy generated is then sent out via two ant-like antenna which spread from the barrel of the weapon, effectively allowing soldiers to disable IEDs, nuke phones, stop trucks, and more from afar and without putting themselves in danger.

While we don’t know how powerful this ray gun is at the moment, just the thought of it is cool enough.

I’m assuming it could take down drones in a split second, which would be incredible to watch.

Marshall Smith

Technology, engineering, and design enthusiast.

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