Directed EMP Weapon, CHAMP, renders electronics inside the target area useless


The cutting-edge technology being deployed on the various unmanned platforms, better known as drones, is nothing short of mind-bending. To add to the long list of amazing drone technologies, Boeing has now demonstrated their Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP), which is aimed at disabling and destroying any and all electronics.

CHAMP was publicly unveiled in a test over the Western Utah Desert on October 16, 2012. It’s a missile that emits a high power microwave pulse at a specific target, rendering any electronics inside the target area useless. People within the target area are reportedly unharmed by the weapon.

“This technology marks a new era in modern-day warfare,” said Keith Coleman, CHAMP program manager for Boeing Phantom Works. “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.”

Boeing describes CHAMP as “a non-kinetic alternative to traditional explosive weapons that use the energy of motion to defeat a target.” In its most recent test that took place last week with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy Directorate, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., over the Utah Test and Training Range, Boeing proved CHAMP could follow a pre-programmed flight plan and wipe out enemy target data and electronic subsystems by emitting high amounts of energy.

During the test, the missile focused its laser like beam at a two-story building that had numerous computers running inside. A television camera was also set-up to record the events. The energy directed at the target building not only rendered the computers useless, but also “knocked off” the television cameras.

Boeings Counter electronics High powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project Successfully Knocks Out Computers in Test

Computers inside CHAMP’s target building before it was blasted with high-energy microwaves. (Image: Boeing)

Boeings Counter electronics High powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project Successfully Knocks Out Computers in Test

Computers were knocked offline after the missile was fired. (Image: Boeing)

“This technology marks a new era in modern-day warfare,” Keith Coleman, CHAMP program manager for Boeing Phantom Works, said in the company’s press release. “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.”

Boeings Counter electronics High powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project Successfully Knocks Out Computers in Test

Artist’s rendition of the missile. (Image: Boeing)

While weapons like this have existed and even been used for some time, this appears to be a more refined tactical EMP type weapon. The weapons program is a joint effort between the U.S. Air Force Directed Energy Directorate team, Raytheon Ktech and Boeing Phantom Works. After the test was deemed successful, Keith Coleman, CHAMP program manager for Boeing Phantom Works, said “Today we turned science fiction into science fact.”

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One thought on “Directed EMP Weapon, CHAMP, renders electronics inside the target area useless

  1. Note to people who wish to survive such an attack: Take copper screening and line the area you wish to protect (electronic spares and stand alone equipment not hooked to outside power or electrically conducting material of any kind) and ground the screen well. This is called a faraday cage, and it is the only way to keep EMP from affecting your electronic equipment!

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