It was developed by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and Raytheon for riot-control duty. … There has yet to be testing for long-term side effects of exposure to the microwave beam. It can also destroy unshielded electronics.
A directed-energy weapon is a ranged weapon that damages its target with highly focused energy, including laser, microwaves, and particle beams. Potential applications of this technology include weapons that target personnel, missiles, vehicles, and optical devices