Reported over a year ago in the Washington Times, “China’s military is developing electromagnetic pulse weapons that Beijing plans to use against U.S. aircraft carriers…” A redacted but now declassified report from the NGIC (National Ground Intelligence Center) reports on the activities undertaken by China regarding EMP weapons (electro-magnetic-pulse), HEMP (high altitude EMP), E-bombs (electromagnetic bombs), magnetic flux compression generator / microwave and/or radio-frequency radiation. It concludes that China may consider the employment of HEMP against the Taiwan electronic infrastructure or against a U.S. CVGB (aircraft carrier battle group) should a conflict break out.
The president of the group EMPact America has been quoted to say, “There is also evidence that China is developing, or has already developed, super-EMP nuclear weapons that generate extraordinarily powerful EMP fields, based partly on design information stolen from the United States,”
Richard Fisher, a China military analyst, said EMP warheads are likely to be an option for China’s new DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile for the purpose of attacking large U.S. Navy ships without inflicting immediate massive casualties.
Mark Stokes, a former Pentagon specialist on China’s military said, “Microwave weapons would be used to shut down enemy radar, communications, computers and other electronics in an opening salvo. The weapons also could jam electronics of attacking aircraft and anti-radiation missiles, and as an anti-satellite weapon, degrade sensitive satellite electronic systems,”
It is also suspected that North Korea may be developing electromagnetic pulse weapons or bombs that could take out power grids — not to mention military and civilian electronics.
Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, a former CIA nuclear weapons analyst said that a May 2009 round of tests conducted in North Korea, appear to have included a “super-EMP” weapon, capable of emitting enough gamma rays to disable the electric power grid across most of the lower 48 states of the United States.
We already know that the Russians posses EMP weapons (HEMP and so called ‘super-EMP’ weapons). They also have developed battlefield mortar rounds, that when fired and floating to earth by its parachute, EMP energy is reflected downward by the underside of the parachute, resulting in a cone of disruptive-destroying electronic energy snuffing all electronics within its area.
EMP weapons are no longer considered ‘future weapons’. They are here and now. They have the potential to inflict destruction to electronic infrastructure which directly affects the lives of society who depend upon electricity for survival.
As these weapons are developed further, the risk continues to increase that one day they may be used. Although they do not inflict direct physical destruction as a conventional explosive, the follow-on effects could be just as destructive to our way of life, and result in even more deaths than otherwise. Most people in developed countries (USA for example) could not survive (literally) for very long without electricity. Electricity enables the systems of distribution for our food and fuel. Without it, we’re doomed…
…unless you are prepared.