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New Air Force weapon may defeat North Korean missiles without harming civilian population

With North Korean leader Kim Jong Un boasting of newly developed missiles capable of hitting anywhere in the United States, America’s military is assessing potential missile defense systems with a new sense of urgency.

CNN reports that one system called “CHAMP” that may provide an answer:
It’s called CHAMP, for Counter-electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project. James Fisher, spokesman for the Air Force Research Lab at Kirtland Air Force Base, said it’s a high-powered microwave weapon that can be delivered on an air-launched cruise missile, deployed from an American bomber.
Fisher says the cruise missile with a CHAMP system strapped to it would fly into enemy airspace at low altitude, and send out strong pulses of electromagnetic energy. The enemy’s electronic command-and-control systems would be jammed. Analysts say the cruise missile it’s deployed on could then be splashed down at sea.
This system would present a potentially worthwhile strategic option to U.S. military leaders.  In theory, CHAMP could be used to prevent an enemy’s missile from striking the U.S. without the need for a destructive preemptive strike on the enemy’s soil — and the resultant harm that would fall upon the civilian population.

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