EMP Missile Is No Longer Science-Fiction

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EMP Missile Is No Longer Science-Fiction

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Taking out computers without any other damage might be a future weapon made real this week.

EMP blasts have been featured in stories and movies for years. Usually, the bad guys use the electromagnetic pulse to damage all electronic equipment at the hero's base, or the hero stealthily sneaks an EMP device into the evil robot's breakfast or something. What's never been accomplished is a delivery system for an EMP that's actually usable in modern warfare and not just in Call of Duty. That is, until a successful test in Utah of the CHAMP missile system from the Boeing Company knocked out computers in seven different buildings, including the video camera filming the test, all without causing any explosive damage.

The CHAMP - or Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile Project, if you're nasty - was fired over a few mock buildings at the Utah Test and Training Range in Western Utah. The target wasn't Mormons, it was the electronics in those buildings and the monitors went dark after the missile blasted the building with high power microwaves.

"This technology marks a new era in modern-day warfare," said Keith Coleman, the manager of this project for Boeing. "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.

"Today we turned science fiction into science fact," Coleman continued.

Now that the technology seems to be successful, and the Commander-in-Chief of the United States has reiterated his reliance on drone aircraft and military methods that don't put personnel at risk, we might see CHAMP utilized on the next battlefield.

"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," said James Dodd, vice president of Advanced Boeing Military Aircraft.

The "customer" he's talking about can only be the United States Department of Defense. Unless he means Dr. Evil.

Source: Boeing

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I have to admit...this is actually pretty fucking scary.

Well...

There here it is people war Is gonna happen this is the sign

now all the US has to do is create an imaginary money making machine...

...oh wait...

Question is, are Faraday cages going to become the next hot item in near-future warfare?

All in all, though, this is cool. Should've been kept a secret, though, until its first use. Surprise is a powerful weapon, too.

Interesting they've been able to construct a mobile powered system to deliver an EMP blast. I wonder if it's intercept-able by missile. Or would once the incoming missile enter the blast range would have it's systems shorted out.

I guess this makes the Graphite Bomb obsolete.

I guess foreign countries will need to instal EMP shielding to their most important assets and such.

I'm sure this in no way was conceived as a way of dealing with a particular middle eastern nation's extremely extensive, but very aged, air defense network...

Let's hope we manage to stay Onatopp of this technology.

DVS BSTrD:
Let's hope we manage to stay Onatopp of this technology.

I will be Trevelyan to the next country over if you do not mind.

I always though EMP bombs were a cool piece of tech in science fiction games and whatnot.

Not so much anymore since that is pretty fucking scary that it's an actual thing now.

Guess it's time to invest in copper mesh, the trick will be to faraday shield my hardware while leaving all the antenna's exposed, I wander if the antenna on my NIC is grounded?

Saulkar:

DVS BSTrD:
Let's hope we manage to stay Onatopp of this technology.

I will be Trevelyan to the next country over if you do not mind.

Looks like this is going to lead to some trevelyations for the rest of the world.

Greg Tito:
"Today we turned science fiction into science fact," Coleman continued.

For a moment there I thought they had made Gary Coleman their official PR speaker, hitting two birds with one stone and declaring their EMP can not only destroy electrics but also reanimate the dead.
Zombie Coleman away!

omicron1:
Question is, are Faraday cages going to become the next hot item in near-future warfare?

All in all, though, this is cool. Should've been kept a secret, though, until its first use. Surprise is a powerful weapon, too.

I don't think you realize what a faraday cage actually is/does. a faraday cage is a metal structure created out of metal (typically iron, or steel) rods that when placed at given distances from each other create a wall for high frequency waves. much like a cell phone, and other radio frequency based systems.

this is based on the principle that the rods reflect the steady signal back on itself, and create interference in the form of noise. this does not stop the waves from passing through the "wall" it just causes interference from clear/constant signal. and realistically most building constructed after the 1990s technically are feraday cages because of the amount of re-bar the is required by building codes for all structures taller then 3 stories, and different compositions of buildings were probably included in the test (to see what if anything could block/minimize it)

Bah, beat to the Faraday cage. Was gonna say it's time to kit out my computer room with one. Copper wire wallpaper! Mind you, to block out microwaves, it's gonna be more like copper plating wallpaper...

Then again, I live in the middle of fucking nowhere. No one would use an EMP weapon here, they'd just assume we have no threatening technology.

So the note I wrote on Facebook on Friday, August 20, 2010 has come true? Nice.

gardian06:
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That's to block things like radio. This is microwave. Higher frequency. Can penetrate the huge gaps.

And I thought the cage had to be contiguous. You know, interconnected all around, like an actual cage. So rebar in concrete wouldn't work.

Time to invest in the copper market...

While this is awesome, I still can't help but concentrate on the PC in the back at 0:41 in this video.
"Oh god this taste horrible! I AIN'T EATING THIS SHIT!" *spits out disk*

Aren't most modern armies already prepared for a nuclear attack scenario? including the EMP that follows said nuke.

Woah woah woah. I may be over-reacting here but: how strong are these "high power microwaves"? Because if this is an EMP weapon that also makes a human look like a chicago town pizza (or some other, less exagerrated health risk) then we can't exactly refer to it as non-lethal, can we?

Technically, development of non-nuclear EMP munitions has been going on for a long time. This technology is still most certainly not ready to be fielded, despite ongoing research by both the United States and Russia.

Aside form that, I hardly see that this would actually be super cost-effective. If the EMP warhead uses high explosives to generate a shockwave (high-explosive propelled flux compression generator), or any other non-nuclear method, then the blast radius of the pulse will probably be less than superb. At that point, would it not just be easier to use a proper explosive warhead to destroy anything in the kill zone?

gardian06:

omicron1:
Question is, are Faraday cages going to become the next hot item in near-future warfare?

All in all, though, this is cool. Should've been kept a secret, though, until its first use. Surprise is a powerful weapon, too.

I don't think you realize what a faraday cage actually is/does. a faraday cage is a metal structure created out of metal (typically iron, or steel) rods that when placed at given distances from each other create a wall for high frequency waves. much like a cell phone, and other radio frequency based systems.

this is based on the principle that the rods reflect the steady signal back on itself, and create interference in the form of noise. this does not stop the waves from passing through the "wall" it just causes interference from clear/constant signal. and realistically most building constructed after the 1990s technically are feraday cages because of the amount of re-bar the is required by building codes for all structures taller then 3 stories, and different compositions of buildings were probably included in the test (to see what if anything could block/minimize it)

Ok, then, we're all doomed.

Second comment about secrecy still holds, though.

Teddy Roosevelt:
Technically, development of non-nuclear EMP munitions has been going on for a long time. This technology is still most certainly not ready to be fielded, despite ongoing research by both the United States and Russia.

Aside form that, I hardly see that this would actually be super cost-effective. If the EMP warhead uses high explosives to generate a shockwave (high-explosive propelled flux compression generator), or any other non-nuclear method, then the blast radius of the pulse will probably be less than superb. At that point, would it not just be easier to use a proper explosive warhead to destroy anything in the kill zone?

Perhaps, if the goal of the mission is to destroy anything in the kill zone. But that's exactly the point of this EMP missile, it's to knock out electronics WITHOUT causing collateral damage. If they ever needed to knock out the communications of an enemy within a densely-populated area, you can't just go and bomb everything.

Personally, I think this is a really cool achievement. And since SOMEONE'S going to post it sooner or later, obligatory Starcraft Ghost reference:

Neat. Take out data centers without bombing them to hell? I think yes.

Today I learned EMP missles weren't a thing until recently.

Leemaster777:
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Personally, I think this is a really cool achievement. And since SOMEONE'S going to post it sooner or later, obligatory Starcraft Ghost reference:

hey didn't the science vessel from Starcraft 1 have an actual EMP missle?

Okay... GREAT!

Now I have to worry about when they make a handheld version of this!

gardian06:

Leemaster777:
snip...
Personally, I think this is a really cool achievement. And since SOMEONE'S going to post it sooner or later, obligatory Starcraft Ghost reference:

hey didn't the science vessel from Starcraft 1 have an actual EMP missle?

...shit, you're right. I completely forgot about that. Let us never speak of this fail again.

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Gotta love that rear computer barfing out a still spinning cd after the blast hits...
Though i am wondering, is this just a "stun" or does it actually wreck all electronic equipment caught in the blast?

thespyisdead:
now all the US has to do is create an imaginary money making machine...

...oh wait...

Well the world can help us out by removing our IMF status that would stop that printing press overnight and our government would be bankrupt.

Maybe we can get back to a currency actually based on something real like the gold standard or platinum.

I like it.
We'll need this stuff to secure victory from our oppressive robot overlords once they've taken over the planet and locked us into the Matrix.

Sounds like the only sure fire method for people to be free of this particular threat is to just start nuking each other now. GOGOGO! Seriously though, countries with older infrastructure will probably be much better off against this than most first world nations would be.

I'm still waiting on those proton torpedoes Boeing.

I very much approve of this. It is incredibly cool tech, and I actually think it could save a lot of lives in future warfare on both sides... so long as they don't start firing them at Hospitals to take out people's life-support and whatnot, and stick to targets of actual military significance.

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