18 February 2006

New US Navy "Gun That Can Use Anything as Ammo"



...at least that's what I call it. Local Ohio tech research company Battelle has announced a new Vessel Boarding Search and Seizure tool called the Tactical Air Initiated Launch (TAIL) System.

From the press release:

The Tactical Air Initiated Launch (TAIL) system is used to launch a titanium grappling hook towing a Kevlar line for use in Vessel Boarding Search and Seizure (VBSS) operations. It also can be used for fire rescue operations, life vest deployment, or other activities. The TAIL system, using compressed air to launch the hook, can clear an obstacle up to 100 feet high and up to 60 feet away.
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Its simplicity has another benefit: the system can throw any object that fits into its barrel


That last line is a beauty. Good old American ingenuity. I'm going to repeat it because I like it so much:
the system can throw any object that fits into its barrel

Use your imagination, kids :)