US defense contractor and Air Force successfully test new weapon capable of destroying enemy electronic data infrastructure
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US defense contractor and Air Force successfully test new weapon capable of destroying enemy electronic data infrastructure

Albuquerque : NM : USA | Dec 08, 2012 at 10:02 AM PST
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An American defense contractor quietly conducted a successful test of a new weapon that could revolutionize modern warfare and tip the scales heavily in favor of US forces in future conflicts.

The Phantom Works, a highly classified division of the American aerospace giant, Boeing Corporation, in conjunction with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Directed Energy Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M successfully field-tested a new weapon over the Utah Test and Training Range, back in October, according to the company's website.

The Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) is a weapon that renders electronic targets useless by emitting a powerful electro-magnetic pulse (EMP).

The missile followed a pre-programmed flight plan while transmitting high-energy bursts. The bursts successfully knocked out all targeted data and electronic subsystems. In fact, the test was reportedly so successful that it also knocked out the cameras that were set up to record the event. Officials say that CHAMP has the ability to produce selective high-frequency radio wave attacks capable of severely disrupting some systems and possibly completely destroying networks of computers and their power sources.

Officials say that the ability to disrupt or destroy enemy technology is only limited by the way the electronic devices work and the intensity of the weapon's attack

CHAMP can also attack multiple targets during one mission.

"This technology marks a new era in modern-day warfare. 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," said Boeing's CHAMP program manager Keith Coleman.

Opinion:

This device is potentially a huge development that could change the way future warfare is conducted. If CHAMP has the ability to knock out even electronics that are hardened against EMP, this will certainly be a game-changer.

Enemy countries' electronic defense systems could either be badly disrupted or taken completely offline. This would allow valuable time for forces to conduct operations while the targets are electronically blinded.

If this weapon can be developed to the extent where it can knock out the electronics infrastructure of an entire country in a blanket strike, this would effectively render that country helpless to respond to an attack.

There is no doubt that other nations with the means to develop this kind of technology are now scrambling to produce their own version of this weapon and fabricate countermeasures against it as well.

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tjlarson is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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