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Boeing and Raytheon to develop high-power microwave missile
« on: September 24, 2010, 03:27:54 pm »
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Boeing and Raytheon  have won seedling contracts to define requirements for a new kind of aerial weapon for the US Air Force that uses high-power microwave (HPM) beams instead of explosives.

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Trimble, Stephen. "Boeing, Raytheon win work on high power microwave missile". Flight International September 24, 2010.
http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2010/09/24/347688/boeing-raytheon-win-work-on-high-power-microwave-missile.html

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Re: Boeing and Raytheon to develop high-power microwave missile
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2010, 04:35:22 pm »
any high-power microwave missile or E-BOMB photos ? thanks

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Re: Boeing and Raytheon to develop high-power microwave missile
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2010, 12:14:22 am »
any high-power microwave missile or E-BOMB photos ? thanks

Sure. Here's one.

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Re: Boeing and Raytheon to develop high-power microwave missile
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2012, 10:04:29 pm »
Works Like a CHAMP: The non-explosive missile known as CHAMP completed a flight test over the Utah desert, successfully knocking out electronic targets with its high-powered-microwave-emitting payload while causing no collateral damage, announced contractor Boeing. "Today we turned science fiction into science fact," said Keith Coleman, Boeing's CHAMP program manager, in the company's Oct. 22 release. He added, "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." Boeing and the Air Force Research Lab's directed energy directorate conducted the test on Oct. 16 at the Utah Test and Training Range, according to the company. CHAMP "successfully knocked out" the targets—personal computers and electrical systems—in a two-story building on the test range during the one-hour test, according to a separate company release. Boeing is developing CHAMP, which stands for Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project, under an Office of the Secretary of Defense-sponsored project. (See also Getting to the Point.)
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Re: Boeing and Raytheon to develop high-power microwave missile
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2012, 12:32:08 am »
I'd put it on YT, but it's hosted on BrightCove and getting is is a bit**
It's quite funny when the room of PCs gets hit and the computer in the back shoots the CD out... it barfed :)
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Re: Boeing and Raytheon to develop high-power microwave missile
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2012, 01:12:47 am »
I've downloaded it, but only can upload in the evening
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Re: Boeing and Raytheon to develop high-power microwave missile
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2012, 04:03:28 pm »
CHAMP high-powered microwaves degrade or destroy electronic targets without collateral damage 
 HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah, Oct. 22, 2012 -- A recent weapons flight test in the Utah desert may change future warfare after the missile successfully defeated electronic targets with little to no collateral damage.
Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Directed Energy Directorate, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., successfully tested the Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) during a flight over the Utah Test and Training Range that was monitored from Hill Air Force Base.
CHAMP, which renders electronic targets useless, is a non-kinetic alternative to traditional explosive weapons that use the energy of motion to defeat a target.
During the test, the CHAMP missile navigated a pre-programmed flight plan and emitted bursts of high-powered energy, effectively knocking out the target's data and electronic subsystems. CHAMP allows for selective high-frequency radio wave strikes against numerous targets during a single mission.
"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."
CHAMP is a multiyear, joint capability technology demonstration that includes ground and flight tests.
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Re: Boeing and Raytheon to develop high-power microwave missile
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2012, 06:50:53 pm »
How much does one of these things cost, and what's the range they want, I wonder?  If you can get one of these into denied airspace by launching outside of strategic SAM range, then this has become gasoline on the fire of one of our other favorite debates around here.  I wonder if you can scale this up to work from outside LEO and still get the required accuracy and a small enough footprint to hit pinpoint targets...
 
Edit:  I also wonder if this has a hope in hell of working against a shielded target.  Because if not, it basically devolves into a niche weapon, right?
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Re: Boeing and Raytheon to develop high-power microwave missile
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2012, 08:25:43 pm »
But how much existing equipment is hardened against microwave attacks? Probably not many of them.

It's also worth considering that radar and electro-optics are particularly vulnerable to HPM damage. Why those targets should be interesting is obvious...

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Re: Boeing and Raytheon to develop high-power microwave missile
« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2012, 03:51:27 am »
How much does one of these things cost, and what's the range they want, I wonder?  If you can get one of these into denied airspace by launching outside of strategic SAM range, then this has become gasoline on the fire of one of our other favorite debates around here.  I wonder if you can scale this up to work from outside LEO and still get the required accuracy and a small enough footprint to hit pinpoint targets...
 
Edit:  I also wonder if this has a hope in hell of working against a shielded target.  Because if not, it basically devolves into a niche weapon, right?

How many unshielded laptops and other computers are laying around at an average airbase?  Zap 'em all and what's the effect?  Or what about things like fuel transportation, communications, etc. 
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Re: Boeing and Raytheon to develop high-power microwave missile
« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2012, 05:51:22 am »
Also useful against anything with electronics in, so fuel trucks, maybe PGM stocks, and planes in HAS

Could also hurt AEGIS / Patriot radars ?


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Re: Boeing and Raytheon to develop high-power microwave missile
« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2012, 11:41:30 pm »
Edit:  I also wonder if this has a hope in hell of working against a shielded target.  Because if not, it basically devolves into a niche weapon, right?


A target shielded from EMP is not necessarily shielded from HPM, and HPM effects can be tailored somewhat.

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Re: Boeing and Raytheon to develop high-power microwave missile
« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2013, 02:04:03 am »
What will it do to valve technology?

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Re: Boeing and Raytheon to develop high-power microwave missile
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2016, 05:20:57 pm »
AFRL explores electronic disruption with CHAMP follow-on


The Air Force Research Laboratory is moving ahead with its plans to miniaturize the Counter-electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile, following the release of a recent call for research information for high-powered electromagnetic cyber applications.

AFRL will leverage HPEM technologies for cyber and electronic warfare, according to a January broad agency announcement posted on Federal Business Opportunities. The work will include continued experiments in back door and front door coupling, multiple microwave pulse concepts and demonstrations for Black Dart and Vigilant Hammer exercises, the BAA states.

While AFRL has long pursued back door and front door coupling, the laboratory is continuing to shrink the size of those technologies, Don Shiffler, HPEM core technical capability lead for the AFRL Directed Energy Directorate, said in a March 15 interview with Inside the Air Force.

"All of the components to make the system work have gotten smaller," he said. "So I can put this on an air platform or ground-based [platform], and it's not the size of a building, and make it work."

Front door coupling consists of radiation which enters through an aperture of a system, such as an antenna, that is explicitly designed and intended to receive HPEM pulses, Air Force spokesman James Fisher said in a March 17 email to ITAF. Back door coupling occurs using apertures in a system that were never meant to receive or transmit energy, but high power can be applied to the electronic systems so they are disrupted anyway, he said.

"An example of such coupling would be HPEM radiation that enters through the cooling vents of a desktop computer," he said.

The research would also explore single and multiple microwave pulse concepts, which focuses on how HPEM systems emit electromagnetic waves in packets of energy. Single pulse concepts employ one pulse in a single burst, while repetitive pulse concepts employ multiple pulses in a single burst, Shiffler said. A single pulse might be employed to attack one computer system, while multiple pulses could cover a larger area, he said. The multiple pulse concept would be a new capability that AFRL would develop, he said.

The study would also examine the effects of natural phenomena on electronic systems. Natural radiation could include a lightning strike or Whistler waves associated with Aurora Borealis, Fisher wrote.

Contractors would apply these concepts during two Defense Department exercises: Black Dart and Vigilant Hammer, which focus on counter unmanned aerial vehicle concepts and cyber operations, respectively. In theory, CHAMP could be used to disrupt a drone, Shiffler said.

"These drones do fly around with little computers in them," he said. "So anything with a computer could be fair game."

While AFRL continues its CHAMP miniaturization work, Congress has pushed the Air Force to field the proven technology on a platform in the near-term. The Air Force demonstrated the computer-killing CHAMP system in 2012 on a Conventional Air Launched Cruise Missile, but has steered away from immediately fielding it on Boeing's CALCM. Instead, last year AFRL Commander Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello proposed miniaturizing the CHAMP technology and fielding it on Lockheed's extended-range Joint-Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile.

Fiscal year 2017 budget documents also highlight AFRL's mission to miniaturize CHAMP. In FY-15, the Air Force continued development of smaller, lighter, high-power electromagnetic systems. In its FY-17 research and development budget request, the service plans to start designing smaller, higher power technology for the next-generation high-power microwave through FY-16 and complete designs in FY-17.

AFRL focuses on research and does not have the responsibility to transition the CHAMP technology to the warfighter, Shiffler said. He did not comment on whether the smaller CHAMP technology would fly on the JASSM-ER, but said the laboratory would squeeze the technology onto whichever platform the warfighter demands.

"The big challenge is, you're trying to fit 10 pounds of junk into a five-pound bag," he said. "In terms of the time scale, we would like to think we would have a prototype of some kind in three to six years, but the problem is I can't predict the course of research so you can't schedule a breakthrough." -- Leigh Giangreco
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