WASHINGTON The Defense Department is buying its first batch of stun guns.
Stun gun manufacturer Taser International (Scottsdale, Ariz.) said Friday (June 29) that it has received an order for 2,400 Taser X26 electronic control devices and related accessories. Tasar did not say which military branches ordered the stun guns.
DoD has been evaluating the Taser for several years as part of its commercial, off-the-shelf procurement program.
The initial order is part of a five-year contract that could worth more than $22.7 million, Taser said. Shipment of the Tasers will be completed in the third quarter of 2007, the company added.
The controversial stun guns generate 50,000 volts of electricity to subdue dangerous individuals or those resisting arrest. Medical studies have raised concerns about the Taser's effect on the human heart. Studies have linked it to cardiac fibrillation in healthy individuals. Taser denies the health claims.