Doug Bedell — October 31, 2012, 6:59 am

New Weapon: An Electronic Pulse From the Sky

Boeing has successfully tested a new weapon that has decided security implications. It’s a missile-borne electronic pulse that disables  electronic equipment as it’s flown overhead. The National Terror Alert Response Center reports that tests of  the new gear “proved it to be even more potent than expected.”

The Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile Project, or CHAMP, “worked so well” that rooms full of electronics and cameras in test buildings were all disabled. The effects last for varying amounts of time, apparently, depending on the complexity of the electronic gear.

We’re continually miniaturizing electronics. Can you picture a day in the future when this stuff gets packaged in a ground-based, readily portable weapon?

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