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CHAMP fries electronics with microwaves

Boeing has announced that its new CHAMP missile has had a successful first test flight. The CHAMP, or Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project, had its first test flight earlier this year at the Utah Test and Training Range at Hill Air Force Base. The CHAMP missile is a non-lethal alternative to kinetic weapons that is able to neutralize electronic targets.

The goal is to create a weapon that can eliminate the threat posed by weapons and structures that rely on electronics to operate without having to worry about collateral damage. The test flight pointed the CHAMP missile at a set of simulated targets and confirmed that the missile could be controlled in flight and that timing of the High-powered Microwave (HPM) system could be controlled.

"It was as close to the real thing as we could get for this test," said Keith Coleman, CHAMP program manager for Boeing Phantom Works. "This demonstration, which brings together the Air Force Research Laboratory's directed energy technology and Boeing's missile design, sets the stage for a new breed of nonlethal but highly effective weapon systems."

The program to develop the CHAMP missile has spanned three years and cost $38 million so far. More tests of the missile system are set for later in the year. Boeing supplies the airborne platform and is the prime contractor and systems integrator on the program. The HPM is supplied by subcontractor Ktech Corp. The pulse power system is provided by Sandia National Laboratories under a separate contract with the Air Force Research Laboratory. 

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By johnsmith9875 on 9/22/2011 3:14:52 PM , Rating: 3
This missile system is no substitute for having a bad foreign policy.

RE: Missile
By mkrech on 9/22/2011 3:41:45 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Missile
By SlyNine on 9/22/2011 4:03:58 PM , Rating: 2
But having a few hundred thousand might be :P

RE: Missile
By invidious on 9/22/2011 4:06:35 PM , Rating: 2
So if our foreign policy was worse we wouldn't need missles...

I believe the word you are looking for is that is that it doesn't compensate for having a bad foreign policy. But clearly that isn't true. Missles are exactly what you use to compensate for lack of diplomacy. Bad foreign policy leads to conflicts, missles end conflicts. Profit!

RE: Missile
By curelom on 9/22/2011 5:01:48 PM , Rating: 3
The missles are part of the diplomacy. I believe it is called diplomacy from strength or Big Stick diplomacy after Teddy Roosevelt's quoting a West African proverb, "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far"

RE: Missile
By rcc on 9/23/2011 3:14:48 PM , Rating: 2
Along with (para) "War is the continuation of diplomacy by other means"

- von Clausewitz as I recall

RE: Missile
By delphinus100 on 9/25/2011 10:53:24 AM , Rating: 2
This missile system is no substitute for having a bad foreign policy.

Arguably, no weapon system is. What's your point?

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