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EMP Weapon

EMP Weapon

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Published by Eduardo Rossi
Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon
Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon

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Published by: Eduardo Rossi on Apr 29, 2013
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HEADLINE = E-bomb – The real doomsday weapon STRAP = A nuclear weapon explodes 300 km above Nebraska, the geographical

centre of the United States. The blast is far too high to kill people by heat or radiation that is harmful to humans. But it does something far worse – it sends the world’s most advanced country into the Stone Age. This isn’t science fiction. The technology for launching this nuclear version of Armageddon is ridiculously low tech. Even a low-yield nuclear bomb exploded in the upper atmosphere by terrorists, with help from dysfunctional nuclear powers such as North Korea or Pakistan, would unleash a deadly electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that will take only a nanosecond to knock out a country’s electrical grid. That means all electronic systems would fail – jet liners would tumble out of the sky, phones and mobiles will stop functioning, the transport system, including all vehicles, would come to a halt, water, food and fuel distribution systems would collapse. The fabric of modern society would be damaged. Low-tech, high impact If the Boston bombings have proved anything it is that low tech warfare can bring a high-tech nation to its knees. Two Chechen brothers, not very well-equipped or professionally trained but nevertheless motivated by Islamic zeal, forced an entire city to close down. Pressure cooker bombs are cheap; other than the cost of flight training, flying aircraft into skyscrapers is free; and sending a bunch raiders into a modern metropolis (as the Pakistanis did in Mumbai) takes only a few tens of thousands of dollars. But at the end of the standoff, the terrorists always lose and often die. No modern state has ever buckled under terror. Terrorists and terrorist states will undoubtedly think of something that gives them more bang for the buck. It makes you wonder, what next? Your worst nightmare The Russians were the first to understand the implications of EMP as a weapon. Soviet physicist Andrei Sakharov was the first to propose using this principle in a bomb in the 1950s. On October 22, 1962, the Russians detonated a 300 kiloton hydrogen warhead (20 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb) at an altitude of 300 km over Kazakhstan. The blast deliberately targeted two cable lines. The first one was the 550 km East-West telephone line – all the fuses in the first line which was 7.5 m above the ground were destroyed. The second one was the 1,000 km Aqmola-Almaty power line that carried electricity from the Karaganda power station. It was a lead-shielded cable protected against mechanical damage by spiral-wound steel

the UK satellite Ariel was unable to generate sufficient electricity to function properly. The death of Osama bin-Laden is unlikely to have deflated the hopes and ambitions of terrorists around the world. Today most people cannot stay connected without mobiles phones and computers. Four days after the explosion.tape. in the Starfish Prime test of a 1. overheating and setting the power station on fire. The threat is worse today because a microchip is a million times more vulnerable to a power surge than the thermonic valves used in electronics in 1962. The United States military realised EMP’s potential as a weapon the same year. and was buried at a depth of 90 cm.44 megaton warhead at a height of 400 km. The power cable succumbed completely to the EMP within seconds of the blast. Related Articles  Britain 'at risk from space attacks' 22 Feb 2012  Electromagnetic pulses explained 15 May 2012 A test the same year by Soviet scientists in Kazakhstan triggered power plant fires in the city of Karaganda. The . destroying it completely. The pulse knocked out street lights and damaged telephones on Hawaii. Those says civilians did were not dependent on electronics.

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