Thursday, November 1, 2012

New weapon is Holy Grail of electronic warfare

The holy grail of electronic warfare has made it's debut.  Boeing’s Phantom Works demonstrated its Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile (CHAMP) last month over the Utah Test and Training Range.  The advanced missile successfully defeated electronic targets with little to no collateral damage when tested on an unoccupied building in the Utah desert.  The CHAMP weapon discharged a burst of High Power Microwaves onto the unoccupied test building and brought down the the entire spectrum of electronic systems; disabling the camera recording the test in the process.

This new missile is an important development and it adds a powerful punch to the U.S. weapons arsenal.  The missile renders enemy radar inoperable and permanently destroys electronic equipment.  It is said that CHAMP can penetrate underground bunkers, disable fighter planes, tanks, ships, and missile systems.  It's similar to a miniature electromagnetic pulse (EMP) bomb, except CHAMP can be used to take out the electronic systems we want to render useless.  EMP's will affect a wide area, depending on altitude of explosion, energy yield and gamma ray output.  CHAMP uses a selective high-frequency radio wave to target enemy electronics.

This new weapon would allow our air-force to penetrate the airspace of our enemies at will and grant unimpeded access to our bombers to destroy targets at will.  If the United States fails to confront the Iranians in their quest for nuclear weapons, and instead places that burden on the Israelis, then the next President of the United States must offer this weapon to the Israeli military.  If the Israelis had the CHAMP weapon system and some advanced bunker-busting bombs, they could defend themselves much easier than they can at present.      

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