EMP Weapon Marks 'New Era in Modern Warfare'
Boeing calls it CHAMP -- the Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project.
It’s a new missile that can take out electrical and data systems byemitting high powered microwaves “without causing injury or collateral damage” as it flies over targets.
After months of testing, Boeing announced this week that CHAMP could be a viable weapon for U.S. forces.
“This technology marks a new era in modern-day warfare,” said Keith Coleman, CHAMP program manager for Boeing Phantom Works.
The announcement comes after CHAMP’s first fully operational flight test last Tuesday where the missilesuccessfully disabled a room full electronics, including computers and surveillance cameras.
Much of the details of CHAMP are most likely classified, but Boeing hasreleased a short video that includes an animation of CHAMP being deployed from a Stealth Bomber over an urban area.
In part of the video showing results from an earlier test, computers went dark and cameras went offline seconds after a blast of high power microwaves from CHAMP.
“We know this has some capabilities and some impact and so we’re really trying to engage the customer and see if there’s a way to get this fielded and implemented sooner than later,” James Dodd, Vice President, Advanced Boeing Military Aircraft says in the video.