The previous record holder Bhut Jolokia has already been turned into a less then lethal weapon. The Naga Viper is more than 1/3 hotter as measured on the Scoville scale; 1,359,000 to 1,001,304. Weapons developers will no doubt start using this instead if the Chili Grenade is found to be viable.
"The Naga Viper chilli packs an astonishing 1,359,000 on the Scoville scale, which measures heat by the presence of the chemical compound capsaicin.
Experts at Warwick University carried out tests on the chilli and officially declared it the hottest.
It beat competition from the ferocious Bhut Jolokia pod - the previous holder - to take the title of the world’s hottest chilli in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The most popular chilli – Jalapeno – measures a pitiful 2,500 to 5,000 on the Scoville scale.
Mr Fowler’s Naga Viper is more than 270 times hotter and trumps the previous world record holder, the Bhut Jolokia, at 1,001,304."