Conducted energy weapons have revolutionised how law enforcement officers deal with dangerous suspects without escalating to lethal force, with the TASER being the non-lethal weapon of choice for several years across hundreds of agencies and forces around the world.
At this year’s Enforce Tac, visitors are able to see the newest iteration of the TASER from developers Axon, known as the TASER 7, which is making its show debut. This new version of the TASER has incorporated several new design features to make it more effective than ever when incapacitating suspects.
Christian Scherf, responsible for Axon sales in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, told MONCh, that the TASER 7 - named because it is the 7th generation TASER - was a two-shot device with increased reliability over legacy products. “It is based on a new dart design to minimise bounce [on a suspect] and to ensure it is to closer to the body,” he added.
The new darts also have twice the kinetic energy than older versions such as the TASER X2, meaning they can penetrate thicker clothing. As part of its new design, the conductive wire spools from the dart when the TASER 7 is fired, instead of spooling from the TASER cartridge. According to Mr Scherf, this increases stability while in flight and therefore increases accuracy.
"Two lasers emit from the device to show where the darts will hit the suspect. On the new TASER 7, the upper laser is now green instead of red giving it, “much better visibility,” during daytime operation. Mr Scherf noted that the new generation Taser has already achieved sales with several customers since its official launch late last year.
The use of TASERs is still predominantly in a deterrence role, although if used the TASER 7 can now deliver an electric charge at a faster rate causing an even quicker incapacitation than was previously possible. The new CEW can also be fully integrated into the Axon Evidence (evidence.com) ecosystem, with re-designed pulse graphs and firing logs managed as evidence.