Boeing has created a new missile that is able to disable computer systems as it passes overhead. The CHAMP missile, as it's called, may mark a shift in non-lethal warfare.
Boeing has been working on a new missile system, and what they've come up with is called the CHAMP Missile, or "Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project". The missile is a new development in non-lethal warfare, which disables electronic devices, including PCs, by the use of powerful radio waves. The missile was successfully tested last week at the US Airforce Research Laboratory.
Artist's rendering of the CHAMP missile
The missile test took place in the Western Utah Desert on October 16th. The missile was flown past a two story building, and as it passed, onboard microwave emitters disabled every piece of electronics in the structure. The missiles even disabled the cameras which were recording the event. Keith Coleman, project leader for CHAMP was very pleased with the results:
"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." he explained, also stating that they had made science fiction into fact. When or if we will see the missile in the field though, is a different matter; but as a non-lethal tactic, it's pretty promising indeed.
A room full of computers has been disabled by the CHAMP