Applications

Defense & Military

Defense & Military

Extended Range Communication & Scalable Escalation of Force (EOF)

Today’s military forces are required to support the full spectrum of missions from combat to counterinsurgency to disaster response and humanitarian assistance. Regardless of the assigned mission, clear communication and scalable EOF are critical to mission success.

LRAD Acoustic Hailing Devices (AHDs) broadcast audible, highly intelligible voice messages and deterrent tones from close range up to 3 kilometers. Unlike conventional loudspeakers, bullhorns and vehicle P.A. systems that disperse sound in all directions, LRAD’s proprietary audio technology focuses sound in a 15° – 30° beam while significantly reducing audio levels behind the devices and in surrounding areas.

Military organizations around the world are filling the critical gap between initial engagement and EOF with LRAD’s unparalleled long-range communication and scalable non-lethal, non-kinetic deterrent tones.

LRAD systems deliver live or recorded voice messages with exceptional clarity for any operational scenario. Optimized to the primary human hearing range of 1 – 5 kHz, LRAD’s advanced driver and waveguide technology ensures every broadcast is clearly heard and understood, even above crowd, engine, and background noise.

From the portable LRAD 100X to larger systems temporarily or permanently mounted on vehicles, vessels or helicopters, LRAD systems improve operational effectiveness in any mission scenario.

Ground & Maneuver Forces

As part of a layered EOF strategy, LRAD systems provide military personnel additional time and distance to distinguish between security threats and non-combatants before engaging with lethal force. Powerful LRAD deterrent tones safely initiate and scale EOF based on a threat’s actions.

As an essential component in all EOF protocols, LRAD systems have proven highly effective for many military applications including:

Naval Forces / Coast Guard

LRAD systems were developed in response to the deadly attack on the USS Cole that resulted in death or injury to 56 sailors. The USS Cole was equipped with an arsenal of lethal force, but had no way of determining the intent of an approaching unmarked vessel until it was too late.

LRAD systems determine the intent of vessels not responding to radio calls, alter threat behavior and enlarge vessel standoff zones for ships underway, pier side or at anchor. LRAD’s unmatched long-range communication and acoustic performance is also used during search and rescue operations, boarding vessels, and interdictions at sea. When integrated with Unmanned Surface Vessels, LRAD systems provide an autonomous, remote first response capability for port, harbor and ship security.

Military Police

LRAD systems enhance base, checkpoint and other MP security duties by broadcasting live or recorded commands in any language over distance. LRAD’s focused voice broadcasts and powerful deterrent tones augment response capabilities, unequivocally determine intent, establish large standoff zones and safely initiate EOF protocol.

Air Forces

Evolving Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are transforming the way armed forces monitor and protect assets, and conduct military operations. Current unmanned systems can’t communicate or engage potential threats with a measured response. Additionally, power requirements limit extended UAS missions making low power, integrated system enhancements imperative.

LRAD Corporation understands these challenges and has developed solutions that complement and strengthen UAS capabilities. LRAD systems integrated with existing sensor networks are deployed to remotely respond to incursions and potential threats. Mounted LRADs enhance UAS missions by providing an airborne, remote first response solution.

Helicopter-mounted LRAD systems provide a vital long-range communications capability for a variety of missions including search and rescue, MISO, command and control, humanitarian assistance, and disaster response.

LRAD Corporation works with defense corporations and government/military organizations in providing customized UAS and helicopter mounted solutions to support military operations around the world.

Facilities & Installations

Omnidirectional LRAD ONE VOICE® systems combine warning sirens and highly intelligible, 360° voice broadcasts to provide advanced emergency warning and mass notification for military facilities and installations. Current emergency warning systems sound sirens to alert of danger, but are incapable of broadcasting clear voice messages containing critical information about the severity of the situation and recommended actions to protect and save lives. LRAD mass notification systems are used to communicate throughout emergency situations and are self-contained or easily integrated with existing base communication networks.

LRAD’s unmatched long-range communication and scalable, non-lethal EOF capabilities improve operational effectiveness, reduce non-combatant casualties, and enhance safety across the full spectrum of military missions.

LRAD is the only acoustic hailing device that meets all U.S. Military requirements.

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Proven Performance

Checkpoints / Roadblocks

Iraq

TIn 2007, a car was speeding toward a U.S. military patrol in a secure area. The patrol used lasers, flashing vehicle lights, yelling and urgent motioning in a futile attempt to get the driver’s attention. As a last resort, the patrol’s gunners shot three rounds at the car and driver. Two rounds found the hood, but the third round missed the driver and killed a 12 year-old girl riding in the back seat. The driver did not comprehend the patrol was commanding him to stop.

According to a soldier at the scene, “I believe if we would have had the LRAD on our vehicle, we could have used several host nation languages to assist the gunner in getting the driver’s attention. It also would have given our gunner several ways to communicate by voice and tone to go along with the light and laser. The LRAD definitely provides the capability to clearly communicate your intentions and provides soldiers time to evaluate situations and then escalate through their ROE process from a safe distance. If we would have had the LRAD, that outcome of this tragic incident may have been averted.”

U.S. Army, MP Operations

U.S. Army

Especially in the context of military police work, the LRAD is useful in its ability to disperse crowds, preventing soldiers from having to use deadly force. This critical warfighting ability reduces the number of casualties and gives soldiers the luxury of only engaging a potential target as a last resort.

“The way I see it is if we can prevent a soldier from pulling a trigger, then it’s a good thing,” said 200th MPC command operations and training officer, Robert Truitt. “There are two aspects when we talk about young soldiers. First, we don’t want them engaging anyone they don’t have to because it could turn on us. But the other aspect is about the soldier — if he engages a target he didn’t have to, he’s going to have to deal with it.

“If we can help keep him from doing that, we’ll help him in the long run,” Truitt continued.

Read Article: New equipment gives Reserve MP Soldiers resources to succeed – US Army.com

PYSOPS


The U.S. Army PSYOPS switched to LRAD after having extensive issues with their legacy loudspeaker equipment. When their assigned contractor was unable to fulfill their requirements and after extensive testing, they selected the LRAD 100X for dismounted operations and the LRAD 300X with OGPK mount for vehicle installations. The LRAD systems procurement freed up 4 cubic feet of space inside the vehicles, simplified logistics, vastly improved audio output, and reduced vehicle radar signatures.

Convoy Protection

Iraq

“We were involved in situations where Iraqis threw rocks, ran out in front of our convoys, and harassed us at close quarters. In these situations, LRAD’s powerful deterrent tone gets the attention of crowds and then is highly effective in broadcasting warnings and instructions in the host nation language.”

As a result of villager violence, Project Sheriff vehicles were equipped with LRAD 500X systems. Vehicles would roll into a village, play the LRAD warning tone then play messages in host nation languages. Compliance was immediate and repeated as vehicles and convoys entered villages.

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Convoy Protection

When traveling through areas of civilian unrest, convoys employ LRAD to communicate to potentially hostile locals and to discourage rock throwing and more serious threats.

LRAD’s highly intelligible warnings, commands and deterrent tones keep convoy personnel safe and prevent civilian injuries and casualties. In theaters of operation, LRAD systems create increased standoff zones, determine security threat intent at distance, safely alter threat behavior and limit the escalation of force.

Iraq


“We were involved in situations where Iraqis threw rocks, ran out in front of our convoys, and harassed us at close quarters. In these situations, LRAD’s powerful deterrent tone gets the attention of crowds and then is highly effective in broadcasting warnings and instructions in the host nation language.”

As a result of villager violence, Project Sheriff vehicles were equipped with LRAD 500X systems. Vehicles would roll into a village, activate the LRAD warning tone then broadcast native language messages. Compliance was immediate and repeated as vehicles and convoys entered villages.

LRAD systems deliver live or recorded voice messages with exceptional clarity for any operational scenario. Optimized to the primary human hearing range of 1 – 5 kHz, LRAD’s advanced driver and waveguide technology ensures every broadcast is clearly heard and understood, even above crowd, engine, and background noise.

Through the use of live or recorded multilingual voice commands and deterrent tones, LRAD minimizes incidents and saves lives on both sides of the Long Range Acoustic Device®.

LRAD is the only acoustic hailing device that meets all U.S. Military requirements.

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Checkpoints, Roadblocks & Traffic Control

Today’s threat environment has placed increasing demands on military forces stretching resources to the limit. Protection tools that act as a force multiplier, increase security coverage, favorably resolve uncertain situations and save lives alleviate these challenges.

Military organizations around the world are using LRAD systems at checkpoints, roadblocks and for vehicle search & control. From close range up to 3 kilometers, LRAD broadcasts focused, highly intelligible multilingual hails, warnings, commands.

LRAD’s powerful deterrent tone enhances response capabilities, unequivocally determines intent and, when necessary, safely initiates the escalation of force.

LRAD’s optimized driver and waveguide technology ensures every broadcast cuts through wind, engine and background noise and is clearly heard and understood by occupants in approaching vehicles. Through the use of live or recorded multilingual voice commands and deterrent tones, security threat intent is determined at distance and altered.

Long Range › Non-Kinetic › Non-Lethal › Safe

LRAD is the only acoustic hailing device that meets all U.S. Military requirements.
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Exclusion Zones



Today’s threat environment has placed increasing demands on military forces stretching resources to the limit. Force protection tools that increase security coverage, act as a force multiplier and safely enforce exclusion zones alleviate these challenges.

Checkpoint Security LRAD enables checkpoint security personnel to broadcast live or recorded commands in any language. LRAD’s powerful deterrent tone enhances response capabilities, determines security threat intent and, when necessary, safely initiates the escalation of force.

Convoy Protection/Route Clearance When traveling through areas of civilian unrest, convoys employ LRAD to communicate to potentially hostile locals and to discourage rock throwing and more serious threats. LRAD is proven and effective in deterring incidents and preventing injuries on both sides of the device.

Fixed Site Security LRAD protects security personnel by enforcing increased standoff distances around perimeters and control points. LRAD also gives control point security personnel more time to accurately assess uncertain situations and respond appropriately.

Naval Fleets & Bases LRAD combines powerful voice broadcasts and deterrent tones with focused acoustic output to clearly determine the intent of vessels not responding to radio calls, alter threat behavior and enlarge vessel standoff zones well beyond 3,000 meters. LRAD’s broadcast range exceeds the CINCLANTFLT Naval Vessel Protection Zone for standoff distances for ships pier side, at anchor or in restricted waters. The U.S. Navy employs the LRAD-RX for perimeter security and enforcement of exclusion zones around the Bahrain Naval Base pier.

UAVs / UGVs / Hovering Drones When integrated with sensor networks, LRAD systems are deployed on the ground or in the air to remotely respond to unauthorized incursions and potential threats. The coordinates are transmitted to the UAV, UGV or drone mounted LRAD providing operators precise targeting of LRAD’s unique directed sound capability to communicate and appropriately respond to incursions and security threats from remote locations.

LRAD is the only acoustic hailing device that meets all U.S. Military requirements.

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Active Shooter Incidents

Base shootings, terrorist threats and other emergencies require improved incident management communication systems.

Bullhorns and portable/vehicle public address systems are limited in range and vocal clarity. Highly intelligible notifications and instructions inform, calm and provide potentially lifesaving information to everyone involved in an incident area.

Featuring exceptional intelligibility and tonal clarity, LRAD enables incident commanders to communicate into buildings and vehicles, and over wind, engine, and background noise in any type of terrain and environment from close range up to 3 kilometers.

LRAD systems establish and control access to security areas, enabling emergency responders to mitigate further risks and protect military and civilian personnel while preserving the incident scene for subsequent investigation.

LRAD goes anywhere communication is needed. From the portable LRAD 100X to larger systems mounted temporarily or permanently on vehicles, trailers or helicopters, LRAD systems are versatile, self-contained and don’t rely on external power or communication infrastructure.

LRAD systems provide ONE VOICE® to communicate throughout an incident area with a commanding alert siren to safely ensure attention to the exceptionally clear live or pre-recorded warnings, instructions and commands that follow.

LRAD systems provide a superior communications capability for all incident management scenarios.

LRAD is the only acoustic hailing device that meets all U.S. Military requirements.

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FOB & Perimeter Security

Throughout the world, LRAD systems are being deployed by defense agencies for FOB and perimeter security and surveillance applications. Legacy systems with cameras, thermal imaging, motion detectors and other sensors only watch.

Using powerful, highly intelligible commands and deterrent tones to safely establish and enforce large standoff zones ranging from 50 meters up to 3 kilometers, LRAD systems determine security threat intent and provide defense personnel more time to initiate an elevated response to unauthorized incursions if necessary.

LRAD-RX
Featuring an integrated zoom camera, high-intensity searchlight and an IP-addressable full pan and tilt drive for precise tracking and targeting, the LRAD-RX can also be integrated with radar to provide automated intruder alerts. By turning passive surveillance systems and command and control centers into remote first responders, the LRAD-RX provides a permanent perimeter presence, reduces false alarms and protects defense personnel from potentially deadly situations.

LRAD-RX Systems:

Iraq

Coast Guard agencies around the world are experiencing increasing territorial water incursions and homeland security threats. LRAD’s attention commanding voice broadcasts and warning tones enable coastal defense personnel to determine the intent of vessels not responding to radio calls and assist local marine officers enforce waterway regulations.

Colombia has installed LRAD 300X systems on their coastal defense patrol boats. During suspect boat interceptions, LRAD ensures the commands and instructions broadcast from Colombian maritime security vessels are clearly heard and understood over engine, wind and background noise to safely create large standoff zones and avert deadly confrontations.

Military Bases & Airports

The U.S. military employs LRAD-RX systems for perimeter security and enforcement of exclusion zones around certain bases including the Bahrain Naval Base pier. By remotely establishing and enforcing security perimeters, LRAD-RX systems prevent trespassing and unauthorized vehicle incursions.

LRAD-RX systems have also proven effective in steering bird flocks away from runways where aircraft are most vulnerable to potentially disastrous bird strikes. LRAD broadcasts a wide variety of tones and predator calls to move birds away from airports, significantly reducing aircraft and facility bird strike damage.

Bagram Airfield, the hub of U.S. operations in eastern Afghanistan, is located directly in a path migratory birds fly each spring. LRAD and avian radar systems were deployed after several bird strikes caused millions of dollars in damage to departing and arriving aircraft.

Ports

The Ports of Corpus Christi, Texas, Ras Laffan, Qatar and Aqaba, Jordan installed advanced security systems featuring the LRAD-RX to broadcast multilingual hails and warnings to inbound ships not responding to radio calls. The LRAD-RX reduces false alarms and port security response times associated with confirming or denying port entry.

Embassies & Government Facilities

Tower-mounted LRAD-RX systems provide enhanced embassy and government facility perimeter security to more effectively protect personnel and assets.

LRAD is the only acoustic hailing device that meets all U.S. Military requirements.
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Law Enforcement

Live Fire / Mock Munitions / Range Communication



CLaw enforcement training installations utilize LRAD systems to realistically simulate gunfire and other loud noises during training exercises and to safely and quickly clear test ranges before initiating live fire target practice.

LRAD prevents accidental injuries and casualties by eliminating the need for officers to clear test ranges before commencing fire. Broadcasting wide area warnings, countdowns and ‘cease fire’ commands keep law enforcement personnel out of harms way during live ammunition training.

Unlike the limited broadcast range and poor voice quality inherent in bullhorns, megaphones and older P.A. systems, LRAD broadcasts with authority and exceptional intelligibility over distances ranging from 75 meters up to 3 kilometers. LRAD is unique in its ability to broadcast either live or pre-recorded messages with outstanding clarity to ensure every word is heard and understood over wind, engine and background noise.

The LRAD Wireless Kit provides law enforcement personnel with multiple options for remotely deploying LRAD in a variety of range communication and mock munitions applications.

Law enforcement and public safety agencies around the world, including over 250 U.S. cities, counties and states, use LRAD systems and support equipment.

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