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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 04:58 PM
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Air Force Preps Gadget-Zapping Microwave Missiles
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/12/air-forces-new.ht...

Even low-tech militants use some gadgets these days -- even if it's just a mobile phone or two. That's why the Air Force wants to build new microwave missiles, that can instantly fry circuitry.

The three-year, $40 million Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) aims "to develop, test, and demonstrate a multi-shot and multi-target aerial HPM (high powered microwave) demonstrator that is capable of degrading, damaging, or destroying electronic systems," according to a request for proposals. On the target list: gizmos that are used for "military, industrial, civil, and asymmetrical" purposes.

By the end of the project, the Air Force want to see "five aerial demonstrators. One aerial platform without the HPM source shall be developed for a flight test to demonstrate delivery, controllability, and fusing. The remaining four aerial platforms with the integrated HPM source shall be developed for flight testing, demonstration, and HPM effects tests."


Especially state, federal, and local governments - misused, this would do far more harm than good.
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