“CHAMP”: A Missile which can shut down electronics

US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has developed and tested a new missile which uses electromagnetic pulses to target buildings can permanently knock out a country’s electronics without causing any harm to life.
During its test when it zapped over the Utah Test and Training Range, discharging electromagnetic pulses on to targets, it permanently shut down their electronics.

The missile project has been code named Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP).

What makes this missile so capable?

  • The missile carries an electromagnetic pulse cannon, which uses a super-powerful microwave oven to produce a concentrated beam of energy which causes voltage surges in electronic equipment, leaving them useless before surge protectors react.

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