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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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RE: Cool
By Natch on 9/23/2011 8:29:12 AM , Rating: 2
I was on board the carrier Enterprise for 4.5 years, and never saw any seagull carcasses falling out of the sky while they were "rotating and radiating". Pretty sure that the big old dish spinning around is enough to keep the birds out of the lethal envelope.

I did have to laugh, though, when I was reading Bad-Karma's description. All I could imagine was Michael Winslow (playing the radar operator) in Space Balls, telling Dark Helmet that they had been....JAMMED!!

RE: Cool
By Bad-Karma on 9/23/2011 8:43:23 AM , Rating: 3
Only one man would dare give me the raspberry!

RE: Cool
By Bad-Karma on 9/23/2011 9:20:43 AM , Rating: 2
The Enterprise carries a AN/SPS-48C phase array air search radar which is basically a Air Traffic Control radar on steroids. While it may have high wattage it isn't particularity a high frequency radar. Its beam pattern would be pretty wide (fan like).

The Enterprise's CIWS radars have a very high RF and could do you some serious damage.

RE: Cool
By rcc on 9/23/2011 3:09:27 PM , Rating: 2
The primary threat is the high powered fire control radars for long range missile systems. Not something you find on a carrier.

I never served on a bird farm, but anytime my ships were radiating, they'd broadcast on the 1MC to keep everyone below the 06 deck exterior.

I've never seen it, but the FTMs claimed you could blow up a grapefruit by throwing it in front of the SPG-55 fire control radars.

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