Successful Test of CHAMP Missile

I expect most Engineering on the Edge readers are old enough to remember GoldenEye. For those who don’t remember the flick (or didn’t see it), the plot revolves around a weapon that is capable of using electromagnetic pulses to destroy electronic equipment. Now, science fiction once more becomes science fact with the successful test launch of the CHAMP missile. Minus the femme fatales.

Boeing’s CHAMP missile (Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile Project) uses high power microwaves in place of GoldenEye’s electromagnetic pulses, but the end result is the same. The microwaves knock out electronic devices without causing any collateral damage or inflicting casualties in the target area.

CHAMP missile

Concept drawing of Boeing's CHAMP missile in flight. Courtesy of Boeing.

“This technology marks a new era in modern-day warfare,” said Keith Coleman, CHAMP program manager for Boeing Phantom Works. “In the near future, this technology may be used to render an enemy’s electronic and data systems useless even before the first troops or aircraft arrive.”

The test flight of the new missile targeted and defeated seven different targets with its microwave attack, before the flight was intentionally terminated. Researchers are going over test data and telemetry that will give them insight on how to potentially improve CHAMP.

Below you’ll find a video about CHAMP.

Source: Boeing

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