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In a series of closely guarded tests, Raytheon researchers have shot down a variety of shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles--the nightmare of airline operators--with pulses of microwave energy at a distance of several miles.
While the actual ranges involved and the test site are still withheld, it is known that the prototype high-power microwave (HPM) weapon, with its energy focused within 1 deg., sends an electrical pulse through the enemy missile's metal parts and into its computers and guidance system. For a split second, that spike is strong enough to damage electrical components and scramble computer memories so badly that the missile flies off course and ignores the aircraft it has targeted
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