Electronic Weapons: January 13, 2001


The U.S. is building a new facility to test American military equipment for its protection against radiation bursts from nuclear weapons. For years this was done for items like nuclear warheads. It was long ago realized that nuclear warheads would encounter radiation blasts from other warheads. Such radiation will short out modern electronics (using microprocessors). Such testing was also done on aircraft electronics. The new facility has a chamber large enough to drive a tank into, and test to see if the shielding on a modern tanks many electronic systems can survive the EMP (electromagnetic pulse) generated by nuclear explosions. Other large items of military hardware can also be tested. An EMP spreads much farther than the heat and blast of a nuclear explosion.




Help Keep Us From Drying Up

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling.

Each month we count on your contribute. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage.
Subscribe   contribute   Close