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Submission + - Electromagnetic weapons that destroy electronics, ( 2

PolygamousRanchKid writes: The wars of the 21st will be dominated by ray guns. That, at least, is the vision of a band of military technologists who are building weapons that work by zapping the enemy's electronics, rather than blowing him to bits.

America's air force is developing a range of them based on a type of radar called an active electronically scanned array (AESA). When acting as a normal radar, an AESA broadcasts its microwaves over a wide area. At the touch of a button, however, all of its energy can be focused onto a single point. If that point coincides with an incoming missile or aircraft, the target's electronics will be zapped. BAE Systems, a British defence firm, is building a ship-mounted electromagnetic gun. The High-Powered Microwave, as it is called, is reported by Aviation Week to be powerful enough to disable all of the motors in a swarm of up to 30 speedboats.Disabling communications and destroying missiles is one thing. Using heat-rays on the enemy might look bad in the newspapers, and put civilians off their breakfast.

To every action there is, of course, an equal and opposite reaction, and researchers are just as busy designing ways of foiling electromagnetic weapons as they are developing them.

PRK: I can't wait to buy that issue of MAKE!

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  • I've done so myself, yes...I have the tech lab of tomorrow, but I've made sure that I have a serious stock of Tubes & Accessories.
    If we ever get some trouble due to EMP, it will faithfully work whereas the ICs will fail drastically.

    This isn't just due to EMP Warfare, but also due to the enormous solar activity we're experiencing, and will most Nasa have predicted, increase in 2012. This will knock out satellites and communication worldwide.

    Radioamateurs alike - rejoice - your time to shine,

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