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any high-power microwave missile or E-BOMB photos ? thanks
 

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any high-power microwave missile or E-BOMB photos ? thanks
Sure. Here's one.
 

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Boeing CHAMP Missile Completes 1st Flight Test

Boeing CHAMP Missile Completes 1st Flight TestBoeing, Air Force Research Laboratory team on nonlethal microwave weapon
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 22, 2011 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) today announced that they successfully completed the missile's first flight test earlier this year at the Utah Test and Training Range at Hill Air Force Base.

CHAMP is a nonlethal alternative to kinetic weapons that neutralizes electronic targets. It would allow the military to focus on these targets while minimizing or eliminating collateral damage.

The CHAMP missile pointed at a set of simulated targets, confirming that the missile could be controlled and timed while using a High-powered Microwave (HPM) system against multiple targets and locations. The software used was identical to the software required for a vehicle with a fully integrated HPM system on board.

"It was as close to the real thing as we could get for this test," said Keith Coleman, CHAMP program manager for Boeing Phantom Works. "This demonstration, which brings together the Air Force Research Laboratory's directed energy technology and Boeing's missile design, sets the stage for a new breed of nonlethal but highly effective weapon systems."

The three-year, $38 million joint capability technology demonstration program includes ground and flight demonstrations that focus on technology integration risk reduction and military utility. More tests are scheduled for later this year.

Boeing received the contract in April 2009. As the prime contractor, Boeing provides the airborne platform and serves as the system integrator. Albuquerque, N.M.-based Ktech Corp. -- the primary subcontractor -- supplies the HPM source. Sandia National Laboratories provides the pulse power system under a separate contract with the Air Force Research Laboratory.

http://boeing.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=1933
 

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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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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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I've downloaded it, but only can upload in the evening
 

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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.
http://boeing.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=2454
 

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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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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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SOC said:
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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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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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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What will it do to valve technology?
 

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Wouldn't a similar Soft kill system be an optimum ASAT weapons?
 

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Wouldn't a similar Soft kill system be an optimum ASAT weapons?

Like this?
http://sbirsource.com/sbir/awards/60399-compact-high-power-microwave-payloads
 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mZopFn4bkQ
 

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Congress Questions Air Force's Commitment To Computer-Killing Microwave Pulse Missile


The Air Force does not believe it can produce an operational Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile by fiscal year 2016 as directed by Congress, but will instead produce a "cross-function study" this summer to inform the way ahead for this type of technology.
The sophisticated electronic attack device known as CHAMP was developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory's directed-energy directorate and Boeing and was successfully flight tested at the Utah Test and Training Range in 2012.
Despite positive test results and urgings from Congress and Boeing, the service has not transitioned the CHAMP weapon system into a formal program of record.
The issue was raised this week by Rep. Richard Nugent (R-FL) at a March 17 House Armed Services Committee hearing. Congress passed authorizing legislation in FY-14 that directed the Air Force to produce a CHAMP missile by FY-16 and appropriated $10 million in FY-15 to fund the program.
"I was briefed earlier this year that the Air Force is not fully committed to building CHAMP by 2016," Nugent told Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh at the hearing. "This is not a limitation on technology, authority or funding."
Welsh said the Air Force is committed to the project, but progress has been slow because weapons and electronic-warfare capabilities have generally been produced in two separate portfolios, and because the service has prioritized the production of precision-strike weapons to support ongoing operations.
The general said the service also wants to spend some more time maturing the technology to eventually produce a missile that can fly farther and is more effective and survivable than the prototype.
"We want to produce a family of electromagnetic weapons, so the idea of walking away from this concept is just simply not true," Welsh said.
According to an October 2012 Boeing press statement, CHAMP is a non-lethal weapon that uses "bursts of high-powered energy" to knock out electronic systems like computers and radios.
"It's very cost-effective for us and very expensive for our adversaries to try to defeat," Nugent said.
Boeing received a $38 million contract in 2009 to develop the CHAMP capability.
Welsh said a study on the future of this type of weapon system is due this summer. -- James Drew
http://insidedefense.com/defensealert/congress-questions-air-forces-commitment-computer-killing-microwave-pulse-missile
 

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Like the picture of the launch aircraft LRS-B? Jk ;)

http://www.popsci.com/congress-wants-air-force-finish-its-cyber-missile?dom=fb&src=SOC
 

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that's B-2
 

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I'm curious about what kind of pulsed power source it used.

My guess it use Explosively pumped flux compression generator that power a super reltron tube with hmm horn antenna maybe for simplicity and coverage.
 

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Whatever it is, it's not "explosive" as the CHAMP can loiter and attack multiple targets.
 

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Whatever it is, it's not "explosive" as the CHAMP can loiter and attack multiple targets.
Then it would be some sort of capacitor bank.
 

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Then it would be some sort of capacitor bank.

It is a linear transform driver produced by Raytheon Ktech.
 

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http://breakingdefense.com/2012/10/new-air-force-missile-turns-out-lights-with-raytheon-microwave-t/
 

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USAF nominates JASSM missile to host new computer-killing weapon


The head of the Air Force Research Laboratory has nominated Lockheed Martin’s stealthy, long-range Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM-ER) as the optimal air vehicle to carry a new computer-killing electronic attack payload known as CHAMP, or Counter-electronics High-powered microwave Advanced Missile Project.

Major general Thomas Masiello says the technology, which fries electronic equipment with bursts of high-power microwave energy, is mature and will be miniaturised to suite the JASSM-ER.

“That’s an operational system already in our tactical air force, and that is really what will make us more operationally relevant,” Masiello says at a science and technology exposition at the Pentagon on 14 May. “Both the major commands and the combatant commands are very interested in that weapon system. It’s a non-kinetic effect.”The electronic warfare payload was jointly developed by the laboratory and Boeing using critical components produced by Raytheon. The weapon was flight tested in 2012 on an AGM-86 Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile – an air vehicle tagged for retirement and demilitarisation.

Some US lawmakers have questioned why it has taken the air force so long to field CHAMP, and even passed legislation ordering the air force to produce a tactical system by 2016. “This is not a limitation on technology, authority or funding,” said congressman Richard Nugent at a recent congressional hearing.

The research laboratory tested the counter-electronics device on the cruise missile at a military test range in Utah, where it successfully shut down a room full of computers. The effect similar to the electromagnetic pulse from a high-altitude nuclear explosion.
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/usaf-nominates-jassm-missile-to-host-new-computer-killing-412348/
 

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http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/05/24/boeing-unveils-electromagnetic-pulse-weapon.aspx?source=eogyholnk0000001

http://nextbigfuture.com/2015/05/multi-use-non-nuclear-electromagnetic.html
 

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Quite an old CHAMP render from Boeing.
 

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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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Raytheon inks $10 million contract for CHAMP payload work on two CALCMs

The Air Force has awarded Raytheon a $10 million contract for work on a computer-killing missile project, the first major contract activity on the program since the Air Force Research Laboratory successfully demonstrated the system in 2012.
 

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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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http://www.abqjournal.com/745069/abqnewsseeker/ktech-wins-bid-to-build-laser-missile.html
 

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About the level of quality I would expect from the Albuquerque Journal. They live in a town that is home to the Directed Energy Directorate of the Air Force Research Labs and they don't know the difference between lasers and high power microwaves.
 

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http://aviationweek.com/defense/us-bomber-force-preparing-computer-killing-hpm-cruise-missiles?NL=AW-19&Issue=AW-19_20160804_AW-19_237&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_2&utm_rid=CPEN1000000230026&utm_campaign=6620&utm_medium=email&elq2=f61387ed899c4b1d96d71d5298da82ea
 

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Raytheon Ktech in Albuquerque, March 23, 2016

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced a $10 million investment in directed energy development in New Mexico. A $4.8 million award from the U.S Air Force will go to Raytheon Ktech in Albuquerque to continue the Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile, also known as CHAMP, for use aboard the Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM). Senator Heinrich made the announcement at the Raytheon Ktech facility in Albuquerque. The company employs 170 people in New Mexico.

http://www.heinrich.senate.gov/photos/raytheon-ktech-in-albuquerque-march-23-2016-
 

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So this system would fry electronics in a method they aren't currently shielded for. So the question is -- how do you shield them? Because if this is published, the enemy would be thinking about it.
 

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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...
If you can attack something with a microwave emitting rocket, why not just use high explosive to destroy it for good? A radar is expendable, much more so than its operators.

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So this system would fry electronics in a method they aren't currently shielded for. So the question is -- how do you shield them? Because if this is published, the enemy would be thinking about it.
All you'd need to do to negate the effects of this is replace a few electronics.

It's just a longer duration form of jamming: Instead of waiting for the jamming to stop, you have to replace a radar. Instead of waiting for new personnel to arrive, you just get a trailer.

Probably most importantly, instead of relying on by the minute updates like a self-defense ARM would, you now require an unrealistic amount of intelligence on the locations of radars to attack along your programmed route. This means its mostly useful against fixed radar sites. Which means it's mostly worthless, because fixed sites be can be avoided altogether on-the-fly and present little threat to future VLO aircraft.

Anything this sort of weapon can attack can be better attacked by using a more conventional bomb or dispenser.

It's just another of America's weird global policeman weapons like Conventional Trident, "God Rods", and the other things in Prompt Global Strike. Useful if you want to send commandos to arrest someone or blow something up, can achieve total surprise against a third world military, and have the time to gather the intelligence necessary to plan the maximally effective route for such a missile. Not so useful in a war, though.
 
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