The U.S. army is developing the next best thing to a nuclear weapon – an electromagnetic pulse infused artillery shell. These shells emit EMP radiation that can shut down the electronic field of a nation. This means every communication to the outer word could be disrupted. Major electronic-based communication devices such as phones, computers, radio and television would go dead.
What Is An EMP Shell?
Even though an EMP shell technically sounds less dangerous than a shell carrying explosives, it can paralyze a country. It basically takes away all modern amenities any superpower heavily relies on for proper functioning and administration. It has been defined as a weapon capable of delivering non-destructive, non-kinetic radio frequencies.
Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security who advises Congress and the author of “Civil-Military Preparedness For An Electromagnetic Pulse Catastrophe,” had told Front Page Magazine in an interview back in 2012 that EMP was the “gravest danger” the United States was going to face in the coming years. An EMP, he said, was “harmless to people in its direct effects, but lethal to electronics and electronic systems. Since the EMP can take down electronics, it can lead to the collapse of “all the critical infrastructures – electric power, communications, transportation, banking and finance, food and water.” In other words, it can end modern civilization and plunge mankind back to the Stone Age.
3 Phases Of An EMP Weapon
As it turns out, the U.S. army has decided to ignore warnings from Congress. The new Army research proposal speaks about the weapon being developed in three phases. The first will involve testing out a prototype or subsystem for Army munition. Among the design requirements is the need to limit it within 155 mm. Engineers have been advised to focus on the concision of size to allow for easy portability.
The second phase would deal with the integration of the NKE system to fit an army munition profile. Different kinds of non-kinetic attack techniques will also be explored and demonstrated, in the meantime. The prototype would then be ready enough to be tested on the field using multiple methods.
The third and final phase is mainly to come up with a proper marketing plan for the weapon. Developing a commercialized plan to ensure proper distribution will be vital. The finished version of the product will have a variety of industrial and civil applications and can be used in the harshest of climates.