posted on Jul, 3 2012 @ 04:52 AM
reply to post by cavtrooper7
High Power Microwave.
There are a number of techniques to generate microwaves with high continuous power (instead of in bursts like a radar), Raytheon is the reigning champ
of that with their AESA system. AESA radars can do a LOT of tricks, but one of them is burning targets with the array. You can "zap" enemy fighters
or their missiles with the radar system (including and not limited to the pilots, but I digress). This is not advertised very much, but they can all
One can also sort of loiter around the battlefield and smoke ground based missile launchers, ships at sea and whatnot. Very nice. They're getting
better at it all the time. One Raytheon system uses AESA modules to defend airports against MANPADS. There's a nice animation of it on the net
somewhere - I think the project codename was Vigilant Eagle.
This is a cruise missile with an AESA-like array, not used for radar but designed for the burning electronics part. So it's optimized for zapping. As
opposed to, say, a one-shot vircator strapped to an FCG which would be more of a real EMP weapon.