Russians Accuse US Of
Testing New 'E-Bomb' Against Serbs
The Drudge Report
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 nuclear explosion.
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 < 3-30-99
These are electronic devices.
See "The E-Bomb - a Weapon of Electrical Mass Destruction" by Carlo Kopp .
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, and others.
"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, )
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.