On October 22, 2012, A current tools flight test in the Utah desert might have changed future warfare after the rocket successfully beat electronic targets with little to no civilian casualties.
Boeing and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Directed Energy Directorate, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., efficiently evaluated the Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) throughout a flight over the Utah Test as well as Training Range.
CHAMP, which makes digital targets worthless, is a non-kinetic alternative to standard eruptive weapons that utilize the power of motion to beat a target.
During the test, the CHAMP missile browsed a pre-programmed flight plan and also gave off bursts of high-powered energy, properly knocking senseless the target’s data and digital subsystems. CHAMP permits for discerning high-frequency radio wave strikes versus countless targets throughout a solitary goal.
” This modern technology marks a brand-new age in contemporary warfare,” claimed Keith Coleman, CHAMP program supervisor for Boeing Phantom Works. “In the future, this innovation may be made use of to provide an opponent’s electronic as well as data systems useless even before the very first troops or airplane show up.”