nuclear UK warns of likely nuclear space bomb threat

The UK's Defence Select Committee has warned about the “likely” threat of a nuclear weapon launched into space by a rogue state and causing devastating destruction to infrastructure and technology.

The UK's Defence Select Committee has warned about the “likely” threat of a nuclear weapon launched into space by a rogue state and causing devastating destruction to infrastructure and technology.

 
The Committee's chairman, Tory MP James Arbuthnot, said that the government is complacement about the risks involved in such an attack, which he said was “quite likely.”
 
The radiation and electromagnetic pulse of a nuclear bomb going off in space could affect power and water supplies, as well as defence and satellite navigation systems. This would occur as radiation destroys computer chips that power nearly everything that keeps a country and economy going.
 
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No health risks were mentioned, but a lack of power and water could make it very difficult for millions of people to live. The report suggests that cities would become impossible to live in within days of such an attack. 
 
Arbuthnot said that a small number of nuclear weapons could be used in space to cause more devastation over a wider area than firing them directly at a city. However, even if a nuclear weapon isn't fired into space, solar flares could have a similar effect upon the Earth.
 
He said that the UK and other countries need to replace existing delicate systems, chips and connections with “hardened” versions that are now available at a low price. This could be done during routine maintenance.
 
Source: BBC