Friday, September 17, 2010

Disabling Explosives with Water Guns...

Disabling a road-side bomb or IED [Improvised Explosive Device] could be as easy as shooting it with a water gun. That is, if said water gun is the Stingray, the military's newest bomb-fighting tech...
The Stingray developed by Sandia National Laboratories and TEAM Technologies is not the water gun you had as a kid... it has a 'bit' more power. uses an ultra-high-pressure water beam to slice through steel, ripping bombs open before they can harm troops. The Stingray involves a clear plastic water tank, about the size of a coffee pot, attached to an explosive charge. The detonation creates a shock wave that propels water toward a concave opening in the reservoir, which shapes the water into a blade. The device works at short range and over long distances, according to Sandia Labs. video demo below.

via popsci

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