Missile That Could Kill All Gadgets

  • A burst of microwave energy
  • High-powered microwave missile
  • Boeing Phantom Works team

Boeing is testing a non-lethal high-powered microwave missile that kills every electronic gadget and machine in its path.

  • A burst of microwave energy
  • High-powered microwave missile
  • Boeing Phantom Works team

Boeing is testing a non-lethal high-powered microwave missile that kills every electronic gadget and machine in its path. The weapon named Champ was tested on October 16 and successfully brought down a bunch of PCs, even cameras, using a burst of microwave energy.

The test was carried out by the Boeing Phantom Works team and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy Directorate team members, as well as members from the high-powered microwave supplier Raytheon Ktech. The target was a 2-story building filled with computers and electronics.

“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,” says Keith Coleman, the CHAMP program manager for Boeing Phantom Works.  

“Today we turned science fiction into science fact.” The success of the test is, according to the Boeing statement, a big step in non-lethal warfare.

According to James Dodd, VP of Advanced Boeing Military Aircraft, there is a need for this type of weapon.

“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.”

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