Skip to comments.E-Bomb: The Electronic Weapon That Can Make a Plane “Disappear”
Posted on 03/11/2014 4:58:32 PM PDT by Kartographer
Weapons designers specializing in high-energy physics can now create electromagnetic pulses without going into outer space. One approach involves harnessing the force of a conventional explosion. Others are simply just modifications of radar, which bounces pulses of energy off aircraft in flight, vehicles on the ground, and other objects.
Crank up the power and you have an EMP weapon, ready to point at the computers of your favorite enemy.This knowledge has set off a new arms race. Whether fitted into cruise missiles or parked at the side of the road in a van, non-nuclear EMP weapons have the potential to devastate the electronic systems of areas as large as a city or as small as a selected building, all without being seen, heard, or felt by a single soul.
It is a dream come true for any and all terrorists.
Sound far-fetched? It did not in 1993 to the owners of automobiles parked about 300 meters from a U.S. Defense Contractors EMP generator test site at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Their alternators and electronic engine controls were accidentally fried by a pulse during classified field trials.
Source: Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin
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The antidote is called a Faraday cage. All good preppers keep sensitive electronics in it. And keeping a spare computer and ignition box for your F150 in there is a great idea as well.
Or keep an old fashioned vehicle around with points/condenser ignition...
Yes it does sounds far fetched. A modern alternator shouldn't fry any more than one from a `68 Ford.
As far as other engine controls go, the engine compartment of an automobile is an extremely harsh environment. Perhaps if there was already a grounding problem something might get cooked. If the grounding is good, why should it cook? Since when do repair shops take great precautions when welding on a vehicle?
I wonder if a hacker could get into the plane's computer and shut off the pilots and take over the plane?
Diesel engine... for the win.
Either way, this level of silence from government? You know it's deep doo-doo.
Like, maybe it's "already happened"...
I believe even the plastic airliners (Boeing’s Dreamliner) have a Faraday cage designed into the structure — not specifically for protection from EMP used as a weapon, but for protection from lightning.
Think about it a little. People generally agree that older vehicles such as a `68 Ford are not affected by an EMP because they do not use sensitive electronics. If the alternator for a `68 Ford is unaffected by EMP, why should the alternator from say a `93 Pontiac have problems? It's a coil, a magnet and a voltage regulator.
I thought about and your assumation that they are not effected is does not match the actual results.
Diehl...German Briefcase EMP device
Figure 2-6 (above) of the Meta-R-323 report shows a picture of a German-made “briefcase weapon” that can produce a directed EMP beam. That weapon was demonstrated in 2004. If such a weapon was revealed openly six years ago, then it is entirely possible for a foreign government to have such a directed-EMP weapon that could be mounted aboard a submarine. In the introduction of that same report, it asserts that an aircraft fire aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal during the Vietnam War was caused when a radar antenna was accidentally directed at a fighter aircraft, and then that aircraft’s weapon system accidentally fired its missile at another fighter jet on the flight deck. (This was the fire that burned now-Senator John McCain.) If a crude and accidental EMP incident could trigger an unintentional missile launch more than 40 years ago, then an intentional EMP incident using the most modern technology could cripple a cruise ship today. And, if a naval vessel is equipped with the same electrical system as the cruise ship, then the naval vessel would be equally vulnerable.
I'm not sure what you are getting at here.
The cage is built to keep EMP out, but what if the EMP originates from inside the cage?
Transponder was off, ACARS was off, plane makes a big left turn.....and “disappears”....
Yeah, it was an EMP weapon. Or maybe a UFO!
Occam’s razor is still sharp.
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