Formerly LRAD, A US company specializing in hailing systems. Its weaponized Long Range Acoustic Device is used by the Israeli military in the occupied West Bank.
Genasys, formerly the Long Range Acoustic Device Corporation (LRAD), headquartered in San Diego, California, develops long range acoustic hailing systems. The company has 75 employees and reported a $36 million revenue in 2019.
Genasys’ flagship product, the sonic weapon Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), has been used by the Israeli military against Palestinian civilians in the occupied Palestinian territory. Commonly known in the Israeli military as “The Scream,” the LRAD blasts its targets with an extremely high-volume and focused sound. It has been used multiple times by the Israeli military in the occupied West Bank to attack Palestinian protestors, according to Who Profits. In 2011, the Israeli Ministry of Defense ordered $293,000 worth of LRAD 100X and 500X systems.
Different models of the LRAD are also used by the U.S. military, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Additionally, multiple police departments across the U.S. use LRADs as a “crowd control” weapon against protesters, as first documented in Pittsburgh during the 2009 G20 summit. LRADs were later deployed by U.S. police departments for example in New York and Oakland during the Occupy movement, in Standing Rock during the 2016 Dakota Access Pipeline protests, in Washington, D.C. during the 2017 Women’s March, and in Black Lives Matter protests in New York, Ferguson, and Portland following the police killings of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and George Floyd, respectively.