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  • Donna Castle
    Dec 28, 2000
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      --- Frits Westra <fwestra@...> wrote:
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      > Forwarded by: fwestra@...
      > Originally from: ewar@...
      > Original Subject: Digest for ewar@..., issue
      > 226
      > Original Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2000 01:51:30 -0800
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      > Date: Wed, 27 Dec 2000 13:08:07 EST
      > From: CloudRider@...
      > Subject: Brits build electronics "killer" shell to
      > "conquer without fighting."
      >
      >
      > (Gosh, whiz! Fiber optics have arrived "just in
      > time?" Remain analog!!! ;-)
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      > London Daily Telegraph -- Dec. 26, 2000 -- Story on
      > E-War and web links
      > follow:
      >
      >
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/et?ac=004055320830477&rtmo=Vkmk51Px&atmo=rrrrrrrq&p
      >
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      > Britain develops shell to disable electronics
      >
      > By Michael Smith
      >
      > A NON-LETHAL artillery shell designed to disable
      > all the enemy's electronic
      > equipment without killing anybody has been developed
      > at a secret site in
      > south-west England.
      >
      > The shell was designed following revelations that
      > Russia was well ahead of
      > the West in the development of so-called
      > radio-frequency weapons. A paper
      > given at a conference in Bordeaux in 1994 made it
      > clear that the Russians
      > believed it possible to use such weapons to disable
      > all of an enemy's
      > electronic equipment.
      >
      > Written by Dr A B Prishchipenko and entitled Radio
      > Frequency Weapons on the
      > Future Battlefield, it described Soviet research
      > dating back to the late
      > Forties, provoking near panic among western military
      > planners. It gave
      > credence to the nightmare scenario of a
      > high-technology war in which all the
      > radio, radar and computer systems on which their
      > weapons depended would be
      > disabled leaving them completely defenceless.
      >
      > Then two years ago, it emerged that the Russians had
      > developed an
      > electro-magnetic device, a so-called E Bomb, capable
      > of disabling electrical
      > and electronic systems and which could be carried in
      > a briefcase. Amid
      > intelligence reports showing that the IRA had
      > discussed the possibility of
      > closing down the City of London with an E Bomb,
      > British research into the
      > technology was stepped up.
      >
      > Matra BAe Dynamics set to work on producing a
      > western version, as well as a
      > means of countering the Russian weapon, in its Novel
      > Technology section. It
      > has now persuaded the MoD that the weapon is
      > feasible. As a result of "a
      > highly successful demonstration", the team won the
      > BAe Systems Chairman's
      > Gold Award for 2000.
      >
      > The announcement of the award made no mention of the
      > type of weapon other
      > than to say that it offered "a new capability for
      > exerting force or the fear
      > of force, a completely new war fighting capability
      > to coerce and disable an
      > adversary without inflicting lethal force". At the
      > same time, the MoD
      > published a summary of requirements for "Radio
      > Frequency Munitions delivered
      > by 155mm shell or rocket" as a possible future
      > requirement, the first step in
      > the procurement process.
      >
      > The shell or rocket will follow the normal
      > trajectory of a standard missile
      > but contain only a few grammes of explosive used to
      > open it up as it
      > approaches the target. An array of aerials then
      > spring out and a burst of
      > radio frequency of less than a second's duration is
      > transmitted, disabling
      > all electronic equipment within a given range.
      >
      > The weapon will allow commanders to disrupt
      > completely the enemy's command
      > and control systems. Computers on weapons, tanks and
      > aircraft will crash and
      > radios and radar systems will become useless. The
      > weapon will also bring the
      > civil structure to a standstill, causing national
      > telephone, television and
      > radio networks to go down and electrical grids to
      > collapse.
      >
      > Used properly, the weapon can be deployed even in
      > areas of concentrated
      > population without risk of civilian deaths. This
      > makes it particularly useful
      > where the enemy is deliberately concealing its
      > military assets in civilian
      > areas. The system is low cost and can be deployed
      > rapidly and without
      > warning, making it very difficult to counter.
      >
      > One senior military officer said it was possible the
      > new weapon might lead to
      > the situation where an enemy could be conquered
      > without fighting. "If you can
      > take out the civilian economic infrastructure of a
      > nation, then that nation,
      > in addition to not being able to function
      > internally, cannot deploy its
      > military by air or sea, or supply them with any real
      > effectiveness, if at
      > all."
      >
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      > Titles of "hot links" on referenced web newspage:
      >
      > The E-Bomb- a Weapon of Electrical Mass Destruction
      > - Infowar.com
      >
      >
      > JEC Hearing on Radio Frequency Weapons - Freedom
      > domain
      >
      >
      > EMP Weapons - Free Republic
      >
      >
      > EMP Weapons - Science Hobbyist
      >
      >
      > EMP weapons: Calling Victor von Doom - Crypt
      > Newsletter: Northern Illinois
      > University Department of Sociology
      >
      >
      > Statement of Lieutenant General Robert L.
      > Schweitzer, US Army - U.S. House
      > of Representatives
      >
      >
      > Statement of Dr. Ira W. Merritt - U.S. House of
      > Representatives
      >
      >
      > Ministry of Defence [MoD]
      >
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