- Russian military officials late on Monday
night accused the United States of testing a new secret weapon in Yugoslavia
-- a weapon that is somewhere between conventional and nuclear!
- "The United States is using Yugoslavia
as a test range for its latest secret means of destruction," representatives
of the Russian Defense ministry told reporters late Monday night."
- The Pentagon refused immediate comment.
- Russia claims that a bomb tested in Yugoslavia
radically differs from conventional weapons. "It was created in Los
Alamos and is aimed to destroy radio electronic equipment," the TASS
newswire reported in Tuesday flashes.
- The military said that the bomb generates
an electric impulse similar to electromagnetic fluctuations caused by a
- They added that the bombs are being carried
by two strategic B-2 bombers of the Stealth technology. Russian military
officials provided no other details.
- "E-Bomb" Explained
- From Wes Thomas <firstname.lastname@example.org 3-30-99
- These are electronic devices.
See "The E-Bomb - a Weapon of Electrical Mass Destruction" by
- http://www.infowar.com/mil_c4i/mil_c4i8.html-ssi .
- EMP bombs are preferable for targeted
electronic warfare to nuclear devices because:
- "Many systems tend to be susceptible
to disruption or damage at specific, sometimes unpredictable, frequencies.
As a result, UWB weapons are well suited to exploit these susceptibilities,
since they produce significant energy over a wide range of frequencies.
This area has been aggressively researched by the Soviet Union, Russia,
- "Extensive work has been conducted
to understand the effects of high-altitude nuclear EMP (HEMP) on systems
and components, but these data are mostly for frequencies less than 1 GHz
and for pulse widths in the range from 50 nsec to 1usec. The shorter pulses
characteristic of HPM and UWB waveforms are significant because current
methods for protecting electronics from HEMP, and other anticipated sources
of disruption, will not be effective against pulses from RF weapons.
- High-altitude nuclear EMP does not have
significant energy above a few tens of megahertz, whereas HPM spectra are
typically in the few gigahertz to tens of gigahertz range and UWB spectra
may contain energy in the frequency range from hundreds of megahertz to
a few gigahertz. There is extensive information on the effects of lightning
and nuclear EMP on electronic devices, but these pulses are significantly
longer than the pulses from HPM and UWB sources. Since HPM and UWB pulses
tend to be shorter than the response times of most limiters, their RF energy
can pass largely unattenuated into the target and cause upset or damage
before the limiter can turn on." (Joint Economic Committee Hearing
Radio Frequency Weapons and Proliferation, February 25, 1998, http://jya.com/rfw-jec.htm )
- Note that his report shows that the Russians
are very advanced in their EMP bomb technology, so their protest reported
in TASS of "testing a new secret weapon" is amusing.