This is kind of old news..I remember hearing about this some time ago, in what context I don't know..
The way it works is very simple, they drop those canisters like normal munitions, from normal aircraft.
In mid-air above the target, the cannisters break open, releasing a drifting cloud of conductive filaments.
The filaments fall down onto the high voltage wires that carry power to and from the relay stations, and the filaments get caught in the gaps of
transformers and relays, and they cause a massive short circuit.
They basically just blanket the area with these filaments, and the electricity crosses every which way in uncontrolled fashion, overloading the
capacity of the lines and tripping the breakers in some cases, causing fires in others.
It's a great weapon in the sense that it does not cause any signifigant loss of life, and is very effective at reducing the effectiveness of any kind
of defense. Communications and transportation grind to a standstill, and the invading army has a much easier time of it.
It's just the warfare equivalent of sticking a really big fork in your enemy's jumbo outlet.
Edit: I just thought of a very cheap, very effective counter against this weapon. Pop a tent. Seriously, just throw up a canopy over all the
substations and relays, and the damage done would be minimal. You could do the same thing with forced air currents, or electro-mag disruption, but
basically if you can redirect or deflect the munitions away from the power stations, you've got no worries.
So invest in tarps..lots of tarps - the key to national defense.
Works against these, and with some duct tape you can fend off chemical weapons
[edit on 1-6-2005 by WyrdeOne]