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Coast Guard R&D Testing Hailing Acoustic Laser Light Tactical System

Coast Guard Law Enforcement personnel need an unambiguous tool to better attract boaters’ attention and communicate with them. The Coast Guard Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Program is currently testing a possible solution: a Hailing Acoustic Laser Light Tactical System appropriately called CG-HALLTS.

The system, developed by the Research and Development Center in New London, Connecticut, provides a brighter searchlight and louder speaker than are currently installed on Coast Guard vessels. In addition to the light and speaker, there is also a green dazzling laser to attract the target vessel’s attention.

The RDC began market research of commercial-off-the-shelf solutions in 2014. The project sponsor, the Office of Specialized Capabilities (CG-721), selected one of the identified options, the HALLTS prototype. Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Divisionin Virginia demonstrated the Navy version of HALLTS in San Francisco Bay; both the green and white lights were observable at 1,000 yards.

However, the Navy’s HALLTS configuration did not address all of the Coast Guard’s mission challenges, so the RDC developed a Coast Guard version specifically designed to meet mission needs. It includes a Long Range Acoustic Device directional speaker that is capable of projecting a warning tone more than 3,500 yards, a Maxa Beam searchlight with a 12 million-candlepower peak beam, and an eye-safe Class 2 Glare Helios dazzling laser.

The RDC is currently conducting a limited user evaluation of CG-HALLTS for CG-721; three systems are deployed in Sector Miami. Initial feedback from the field has been positive.

Read more at USCG Compass

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