posted on Mar, 28 2010 @ 08:08 PM
Originally posted by AstroEngineer
Originally posted by Silver Shadow
As a matter of interest EMP weapons fitted to cruse missiles were used in the initial attack on Saddam's air defense system, and the Iraqi power grid
during Gulf War One.
Unless you know something I don't, this is not correct. I believe you are confusing the effect of the
BLU-114/B "Soft-Bomb" with an EMP. The BLU-114/B short circuits power
infrastructure by depositing coated graphite filaments onto powerlines; no EMP involved.
I read something about those multi coated filaments that shoot out in several directions simultaneously, being the radiating antenna of an EMP device.
I know the power grid in Iraq was deliberately disabled, and those filaments were found hanging from, and near a great many high voltage transmission
Not sure what to think.
If the US have deployed EMP weapons in Iraq, they might just choose to keep it quiet with disinformation. The US itself is extremely vulnerable to
similar weapons, so it would be understandable to downplay their existence and usage.
Shooting thin filaments of anything across high power transmission lines, would just result in the filaments themselves instantly frying.
The available short circuit fault current is enormous.
If it is that simple, and that is all there is to a seemingly rather primitive munition, why all the secrecy surrounding the BLU-114B ?
Overvoltage from an EMP weapon will kill the insulators and especially the transformers at each end, and require some very expensive rebuilding and
repairs to get going again.
A far more effective weapon than just a bunch of dumb wires to throw over things..
[edit on 28/3/2010 by Silver Shadow]