LRAD® DEPLOYMENT BY JAPANESE MARITIME
SELF-DEFENSE FORCE HELPS THWART PIRATE ATTACK
OFF THE COAST OF SOMALIA
ATC's Long Range Accountic Device™ Becoming An
Essential Tool in International Fight Against Piracy
SAN DIEGO, CA, April 9, 2009 - a leading innovator of directed sound products and technologies, announced today that its LRAD 1000X™ directed sound system was used by the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force to help prevent a pirate attack on a Singaporean tanker off the coast of Somalia last weekend. Responding to a distress call from the tanker, the Japanese destroyer, Sazanami, used LRAD's powerful voice commands to identify itself and warn the pirates away. (Please see the following YouTube link of an Asian News Network report):
LRAD directed sound products and systems communicate from 300 meters to over 3,000 meters with authority and high intelligibility through vocal commands and powerful warning tones to influence behavior, gain compliance, and determine intent. ATC's proprietary Long Range Acoustic Devices are currently utilized in a variety of government, military and commercial applications around the world, including deployments with the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, and U.S. Navy.
"LRAD has been successfully deployed to help stop several pirate incidents off the Horn of Africa over the last four years," said Tom Brown, president and CEO of American Technology. "Beginning with the attack on the Seabourn Spirit in November 2005, Somali pirates have become increasingly brazen in their attempts to seize ships, crew and cargo for ransom. We are increasing our efforts to support domestic and international military and commercial security forces in the fight to take back the seas from 21st century pirates."
About American Technology Corporation
American Technology Corporation is Shaping the Future of Sound® by providing directed audio solutions that place clear, highly intelligible sound exactly where needed. ATC's Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD®), HyperSonic® Sound, and SoundSaber® product lines make up the core of an expanding portfolio of directed sound products and technologies. For more information about ATC and its directed sound solutions please visit the company's web site at www.atcsd.com.
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