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Army sends riot-control kits to Iraq, Afghanistan

By Frank Misurelli

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. (Army News Service, Oct. 19, 2005)– The first shipment of 68 special sets of non-lethal riot and crowd control items should now be in the hands of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Kevin T. Wong, an official with the Office of Project Manager for Close Combat Systems here who oversees the program.

The first kits were shipped to selected units in Iraq and Afghanistan in July in response to an urgent requirement request from field commanders. The Army is planning to purchase a total of 438 kits, he said.

Officially known as a non-lethal capabilities set, each kit contains five different commercial and government items as well as several new innovative technologies.

A NLCS is designed to support a 30-Soldier platoon and contains of mix of counter-personnel and -material systems, protective equipment, enhancement devices, training devices and allocations.

Among the counter-personnel items found in each kit are 12-gauge, 40 mm and 60 mm non-lethal munitions or grenades. These items permit commanders to apply military force in crowd and riot control conditions while reducing risks to noncombatants.

Counter-material devices contained in an NLCS kit include tire spikes, known as caltrops, and a portable vehicle-arresting barrier, which is a containment net that can stop a speeding vehicle. Both are used to deny vehicles access to critical facilities at roadblocks and checkpoints.

The NLCS also contains face shields, shin guards and body shields that give troops the means to avoid bodily injury during civil confrontations.

Each kit also is equipped with voice amplification devices for communication and high intensity lighting to illuminate operational areas.

They also include training items for instructing Soldiers in the proper use and deployment of NLCS equipment.

Recently added to the NLCS is the M2 vehicle lightweight arresting device. The VLAD can stop and capture a 5,500-pound wheeled vehicle traveling at 30 miles per hour within a 200 feet distance without permanent or serious injury to occupants.

The NLCS kits are packaged in large, weatherproof containers that are transported easily to the mission site.

They can be used in a variety of situations requiring enhanced security.

(Editor’s note: Frank Misurelli works for the Public Affairs Office at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.)



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