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Missile uses microwaves to destroy electronics

Boeing has announced the first ever test of a new missile system known as Champ. Champ stands for Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile Project. The goal of the project is to create a missile that can defeat any electronic target with little or no collateral damage.
The missile test was conducted on October 16 at 10:32 AM at the Utah Test and Training Range. The Champ missile was launched, and as it approached its first target, it fired a burst of High Power Microwaves into a two-story building built on the test range. Inside the building were rows of personal computers and electrical systems that were turned on to help gauge the effects that the missile would have on the electronic equipment.
According to Boeing, seconds after the missile passed over its target the PC monitors went dark as Champ knocked out computer and electrical systems in the target building.

“This technology marks a new era in modern-day warfare,” said Keith Coleman, CHAMP program manager for Boeing Phantom Works. “In the near future, this technology may be used to render an enemy’s electronic and data systems useless even before the first troops or aircraft arrive,”

Boeing says that the television cameras that were set up to monitor the experiment were knocked off-line by Champ as well. The missile hit seven targets during the one-hour test that proved it was able to degrade and defeat electronics inside test buildings. The team working on the project is currently studying the data collected during the test.

“We know this has some capabilities and some impact, we’re really trying to engage the customer to see if there is a way we can actually get this fielded and implemented sooner than later,” Dodd said.

“Today we turned science fiction into science fact,” Coleman said.

The Champ missile had its first test in 2011.

Sources: Boeing, The Verge

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How about Hardened targets?
By Denigrate on 10/24/2012 10:43:49 AM , Rating: 2
PC's and such are great. How about shielded/hardened military gear?

RE: How about Hardened targets?
By ritualm on 10/24/2012 11:00:39 AM , Rating: 2
1. EMP the target.
2. Profit.

RE: How about Hardened targets?
By RufusM on 10/24/2012 11:49:06 AM , Rating: 3
If we can do it to someone, they can probably do it to us. This doesn't sound that difficult to reverse engineer.

RE: How about Hardened targets?
By Adonlude on 10/24/2012 12:18:04 PM , Rating: 3
Thats what they did. Microwaves are EM.

RE: How about Hardened targets?
By alanore on 10/24/2012 11:18:15 AM , Rating: 3
That is where the horses and bayonets come in.

RE: How about Hardened targets?
By geddarkstorm on 10/24/12, Rating: -1
RE: How about Hardened targets?
By jemix on 10/24/2012 1:17:53 PM , Rating: 3
...and "We have these ships that go underwater" according to our Commander in Chief.

RE: How about Hardened targets?
By euclidean on 10/24/2012 1:37:13 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry...but this was an awesome comment :).

Made me laugh out loud for real...

RE: How about Hardened targets?
By Alexvrb on 10/24/2012 9:02:38 PM , Rating: 2
Ah, so you've also seen Obama's military budget.

RE: How about Hardened targets?
By kattanna on 10/24/2012 12:44:20 PM , Rating: 2
How about shielded/hardened military gear?

just how does one harden/shield a camel?


RE: How about Hardened targets?
By JediJeb on 10/24/2012 3:05:39 PM , Rating: 2
Spray it with lacquer and rub it down with Turtle Wax.

RE: How about Hardened targets?
By Ammohunt on 10/24/2012 4:23:12 PM , Rating: 2
In the midst of the chaos, I could swear that I heard my goats screaming for help. As quickly as they had come, the infidels were gone.

-Gary Johnston

RE: How about Hardened targets?
By vFunct on 10/24/2012 7:40:52 PM , Rating: 2
yah this wouldn't work against military targets, since they're shielded by Faraday cages anyways.

Mostly against civilian targets.

I wouldn't have broadcast this info
By ianweck on 10/24/2012 11:16:55 AM , Rating: 2
I would have kept this capability a secret, now there is no element of surprise.

RE: I wouldn't have broadcast this info
By mmatis on 10/24/2012 11:49:52 AM , Rating: 2
You mean you won't be surprised when your local "Law Enforcement" use it on your neighbor and wipe out ALL your electronics?

Of course, with so much of so many economies depending on computers to maintain their infrastructure, not sure if this REALLY will reduce "collateral damage", or instead merely change who is affected by it? If you're using electrically powered equipment in a critical life function - for example, open heart surgery - and this weapon takes out the grid...

By ShaolinSoccer on 10/24/2012 1:01:57 PM , Rating: 3
The RIAA would love to own these missiles.

RE: I wouldn't have broadcast this info
By Alexvrb on 10/24/2012 10:43:54 PM , Rating: 2
Ever heard of a power outage? Hospitals aren't 100% reliant on the grid. That would be stupid. Also what does this have to do with law enforcement?

See, this is why drugs are bad, mmkay?

RE: I wouldn't have broadcast this info
By dark matter on 10/25/2012 2:33:42 AM , Rating: 2
Doesn't matter what grid the hospital is in. All it's electronics are now toast.

By mmatis on 10/25/2012 8:31:21 AM , Rating: 2

RE: I wouldn't have broadcast this info
By nafhan on 10/24/2012 2:35:57 PM , Rating: 2
Uhm... maybe "element of surprise" was deemed less important than deterrence. The US is not at war with anyone that would be significantly damaged by one of these, and I want it to stay that way!

Related thought: widespread use of these for war might not be considered a war crime (they don't kill anyone), but could still result in massive civilian casualties via destruction of infrastructure. Yikes.

By ianweck on 10/25/2012 11:31:12 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think anyone will be deterred from this thing in any way.

By PaFromFL on 10/25/2012 8:34:33 AM , Rating: 2
If you live near an Air Force base like I do, this capability is not hard to imagine. Military radars occasionally reset some of my computers and interfere with television signals.

I'm curious if any electronic equipment was damaged, or everything was merely knocked "off-line". If they want to destroy electronics, Boeing could learn a lot from Florida Power and Light.

No colateral damage!?
By squezy on 10/24/2012 1:26:49 PM , Rating: 2
What about people who depends on pacemakers?

RE: No colateral damage!?
By AnotherGuy on 10/24/2012 1:43:58 PM , Rating: 2
I think the video is BS. Why doesn't the camera recording the PCs go also bad when the rest of the PCs go bad...

RE: No colateral damage!?
By JediJeb on 10/24/2012 3:08:05 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe it was an old fashioned film camera?

RE: No colateral damage!?
By jonjonjon on 10/24/2012 6:24:53 PM , Rating: 2
they said that video was from a previous test. but it is strange that they say it knocked the cameras out on this test but they werent knocked out on the video from a previous test.

Boeing says that the television cameras that were set up to monitor the experiment were knocked off-line by Champ as well.

Missle? Yeah right....
By Ammohunt on 10/24/2012 4:39:00 PM , Rating: 2
The logical place to deploy this is on a low flying drone for pin point targeting. Look for it soon flying over your neighborhood. For those concerned assuming it is a pure EMP weapon it can be easliy defeated by using a wire mesh faraday cage or solid metal container.

RE: Missle? Yeah right....
By MadMan007 on 10/24/2012 6:36:53 PM , Rating: 3
Metal roof installers now have a new bullet point for their marketing material.

Notice they are CRT's
By bh192012 on 10/25/2012 12:50:15 PM , Rating: 2
I think it's interesting that the computers all use CRT's in the video. I'm guessing for testing purposes they'd be better mixing and matching CRT's, LCD's, plastic cases, metal cased computers, laptops, wired, wireless, switches, AP's etc.

Instead it looks like it's more a PR demo and weakest components selected to 'prove' it works. They may have only temporarily degaused the CRT's.

RE: Notice they are CRT's
By bh192012 on 10/25/2012 12:52:42 PM , Rating: 2
Also note, the screen on the bottom right goes out, then comes back on (displaying the still working desktop) then goes out again.

Won't work on Taliban
By Pirks on 10/24/2012 3:53:23 PM , Rating: 2

By chromal on 10/24/2012 9:03:38 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, because nothing will dissuade our potential national enemies and rivals from developing EMP weapons to use on us more than building EMP weapons to use on them. It's the strategic EMP devices that I'd be concerned about, not these tactical ones.

“Then they pop up and say ‘Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!' Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.” -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng referencing patent trolls
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