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BWilson

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Electromagnetic Pulse
Posted on: 9/27/2016 5:20:51 AM
 Some interesting commentary about EMP on this site.


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A few hours after the sun rose in Kazakhstan on that cloudy October [22 Oct 1962] morning, the Soviet Union detonated a 300 kiloton thermonuclear warhead in space at an altitude of 290 kilometers (about 180 miles) roughly over the city of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan. The test was generally known only as Test 184 (although some Soviet documents refer to it as K-3). It knocked out a major 1000-kilometer (600-mile) underground power line running from Astana (then called Aqmola), the capital city of Kazakhstan, to the city of Almaty. Several fires were reported. In the city of Karagandy, the EMP started a fire in the city's electrical power plant, which was connected to the long underground power line.

The EMP also knocked out a major 570 kilometer long overhead telephone line by inducing currents of 1500 to 3400 amperes in the line. (The line was separated into several sub-lines connected by repeater stations.) There were numerous gas-filled overvoltage protectors and fuses along the telephone line. All of the overvoltage protectors fired, and all of the fuses on the line were blown. The EMP damaged radios at 600 kilometers (360 miles) from the test and knocked out a radar 1000 kilometers (600 miles) from the detonation. Some military diesel generators were also damaged. The repeated damage to diesel generators from the E1 component of the pulse after the series of high-altitude tests was the most surprising aspect of the damage for the Soviet scientists.
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James W.
Ballina, Australia
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Re: Electromagnetic Pulse
Posted on: 9/27/2016 6:12:35 AM
& on the American ledger, 'Starfish Prime' a 'nuke in space' detonation which was way more disruptive than predicted..

It fried satellites ( inc' the 'primitive' valve-tech Soviet sputniks) & put the Van Allen belts into a frenzy.. for years..

BWilson

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Re: Electromagnetic Pulse
Posted on: 9/27/2016 6:27:08 AM
James,

 Check, the page I linked to covers that test as well. And this all occurred before the era of really sensitive microelectronics ...

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BW
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James W.
Ballina, Australia
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Re: Electromagnetic Pulse
Posted on: 9/27/2016 6:35:42 AM
Ok, ta, BW & lets hope a certain megalomaniac living not far above the 38th parallel does not choose to 'test' that way..

brian grafton
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Re: Electromagnetic Pulse
Posted on: 9/27/2016 6:03:36 PM
Hey James, the Donald hasn't been elected yet, though admittedly Washington is north of the 38th parallel.

Or were you thinking of some other certain megalomaniac???

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James W.
Ballina, Australia
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Re: Electromagnetic Pulse
Posted on: 9/28/2016 1:50:41 AM
Ye gods, Trump hasn't turned up a poker hand holding 5 aces just yet, has he?

Or is the 'fix in' already Brian, AFAYK?

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Re: Electromagnetic Pulse
Posted on: 11/3/2016 2:24:56 PM
 And, in a "blast from the past" ...


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The weapon in question: Boeing's "CHAMP," short for Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project. It's essentially the old nuclear electromagnetic pulse weapon that we used to worry so much about -- but without the nuclear part. CHAMP carries a small generator that emits microwaves to fry electronics with pinpoint accuracy. It targets not nations or cities but individual buildings, blacking out their electronics rather than blowing up physical targets (or people).

What makes CHAMP even more interesting is that, unlike a nuclear electromagnetic pulse weapon, which fires once, blacking out entire nation-states, CHAMP can fire multiple times, pinpointing and blacking out only essential targets. This would permit, for example, taking down radar defenses in a hostile state, while saving the electrical grid that supports the civilian population. In a 2012 test flight in Utah, a single CHAMP was reported to have blacked out seven separate targets in succession, in one single mission.
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dt509er
Santa Rosa, CA, USA
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Re: Electromagnetic Pulse
Posted on: 11/6/2016 1:07:42 PM
Here is a video mapping every nuclear explosion on Earth (including air tests) up to 1998. It is a 14+min video however; if you go the 12:09 mark, the video separately summarizes the explosions by nations speeding up the mapping process.

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brian grafton
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Re: Electromagnetic Pulse
Posted on: 11/6/2016 8:11:26 PM
Bill, not that far in the past, actually, and going by the article not much of a blast either. Article was written in 2015 about test results from 2012, IIUC.

I will admit to being a sceptic when military forces boast of "pinpoint" accuracy concerning any weapon, let alone remote control weapons. Such weapons are only as good as their targeting data and the accuracy of intelligence. Seems there have been a lot of wedding parties mistaken for "terrorist cells" during the "drone wars", for example. So unless targets are chosen and pulses activated by hard facts, how many times would the Duma's lights stay on while GUM's sales computers have to go onto backup?

I also wonder about what appear to be humanitarian claims by the military or those who write flak for them (as that short article seems to be). Lemme think for a moment... . The two major nuclear nations (US and Russia), along with other nuclear nations (China, India, Britain, Israel, and a few other possibilities) have sufficient power to blow life off the face of the planet, and we're worrying about wide-spread disruption of enemy TV shows?

The map included with the link is fascinating, though without a real means of reading what is suggested. I note that on the Wet Coast, impact of EMW is shown as running up to Vancouver in Canada. What it doesn't show is that, given the 688 base (not to mention McChord and a couple of other bases), everything from Tacoma to Vancouver and from the Cascades to Victoria will be empty space. The tsunami after the vaporization would be spectacular, should there be any one to see it. I think most of us wouldn't have to worry about tuning into our local FM jazz station.

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Brian G

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James W.
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Re: Electromagnetic Pulse
Posted on: 2/6/2017 12:30:47 AM
Can't HAARP 'jazz up' the ionosphere enough to 'shield' CONUS from 'enemy' EMP effects?

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