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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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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
Yes.


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.


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