New device able to disable IED’s with a blade of water

Airman 1st Class Patrick Connolly of Dayton, Ohio, demonstrates the placement of the powerful water disruptor (Image: by Randy Montoya)


Improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, are the number one killer and threat to troops in Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon. That hopefully is about to change. 

A new tool is on its way to Afghanistan that shoots a powerful precision blade of water that’s capable of penetrating steel. This device will be used by troops to help them disable this deadly killer. The fluid blade disablement tool, developed by Sandia National Laboratories researchers, is a portable, clear plastic device that’s filled with water, in which an explosive material is placed. 

Continue reading