DefenseTech on contact lenses designed to protect the wearer’s vision from lasers.
Don’t think for one moment that all of our gadgetry cannot be overcome, or that clever enemies will not discover how to use it against us. Everything has an Achilles heel. Remember the “laser cannon” warnings from nearly a year ago? I wrote a tongue-in-cheek post about it but was stopped in my tracks when James Rummel of Hell in a Handbasket reminded me that a
US helicopter flying near the DMZ in Korea was very strongly painted by a laser. The speculation is that the Chinese, who’ve been talking about a battle-ready laser that can disrupt electronic devices, was playing cute and gave one to the North Koreans for testing.
The insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan aren’t likely to be toting around lasers to destroy the vision of our chopper pilots anytime soon, but we’ve got potential enemies with a lot more technology and money that are probably working on it as we speak.
I can see the potential of laser weapons that knock out the vision of many at once. What if an entire patrol was suddenly blinded permanently by some sort of laser device? Even if no immediate attack to exploit the incapacitated men occurred, we’d suffer the loss of combat-effective men. This could be bad, but maybe special contact lenses are the answer. Offense is almost always ahead of defense.