By Madison Ruppert | End the Lie
To add to the long list of amazing drone technologies, Boeing has now demonstrated their Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP), which is aimed at disabling and destroying any and all electronics.
Boeing is clearly quite proud of CHAMP, evidenced by a press release which states that the missile “may one day change modern warfare, by defeating electronic targets with little or no collateral damage.”
The test was carried out on October 16, 2012 by a Boeing Phantom Works team in concert with members of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy Directorate team along with Raytheon Ktech, which supplied the high power microwave source.
A video of the test can be found here (thanks to Discovery for the link):
The test involved firing high powered microwaves at a two story building filled with personal computers and various electronics at the Utah Test and Training Range in western Utah.
Just seconds after being hit by the microwaves the electronics went dead “without collateral damage,” according to the Boeing press relase.
“This technology marks a new era in modern-day warfare,” said Keith Coleman, CHAMP program manager for Boeing Phantom Works. “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.”
“We know this has some capabilities and some impact, we’re really trying to engage the customer to see if there is a way we can actually get this fielded and implemented sooner than later,” said James Dodd, vice president of Advanced Boeing Military Aircraft, part of Phantom Works.
“Today we turned science fiction into science fact,” Coleman added.
CHAMP actually dates back to 2009 when Boeing announced the program as part of the U.S. Army’s quest to obtain a weapon capable of easily disabling electronics of all kinds.