US Deploys HPM Missiles on B-52 Bombers

The US Air Force has reportedly deployed 20 new advanced missiles capable of neutralizing the electronics of enemy ordnance by emitting sharp pulses of high-power microwave energy, without causing any collateral damage

The US Air Force has deployed at least 20 missiles equipped with payloads that can destroy military electronics with high-power microwaves (HPMs), according to a report by The Daily Mail.

The microwave weapons, known as the Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP), are fitted into an air-launched cruise missile and delivered from B-52 bombers.

With a range of 700 miles, the missiles can fly into enemy airspace at low altitude and emit sharp pulses of high-power microwave (HPM) energy that fry computer chips, disabling any electronic devices targeted by the missiles without causing any collateral damage.

The CHAMP missiles were built by Boeing's Phantom Works for the US Air Force Research Laboratory and tested successfully in 2012. They have not been operation until now.

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