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American Microwave Weapons Could Thwart N. Korean Nukes
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4 Dec 2017 09:46 PM EST

Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico began his career as an engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque. He asked, "Think about when you put something in your microwave that has metal on it. You know how badly that goes? Imagine directing those microwaves at someone's electronics." According to NBC News, the Armed Services Committee member says the U.S. has microwave weapons that could stop North Korea from launching missiles by frying their electronics. Known as CHAMPs, the microwave weapons are fitted into an air-launched cruise missile and delivered from B-52 bombers. With a range of 700 miles, they can fly into enemy airspace at low altitude and emit sharp pulses of microwave energy to disable electronic systems. Advocates say they could be used to stop North Korea from launching missiles by targeting the ground controls and the circuitry in the missiles themselves. The weapons are not currently operational.

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