Magnetic Pulse Warheads
Said Being Used On
Serb Air Defenses
From Charles Smith <>
Washington, D.C.
Matt Drudge is reporting that EMG (Explosive Magnetocumulative Generator) weapons have been used against Serbian airdefense targets. EMG or "non-lethal" pulse warheads are designed to disable or destroy enemy electronics.
Russian and U.S. engineers developed the EMG warhead during joint experiments at the Dept. of Energy Labs at Los Alamos. The joint experiments were done by scientists from Los Alamos and the Russian nuclear weapons lab, Arazamas-16.
Fox news also reported that Chinese agents inside the Energy Dept. stole the design for the special warhead.
Explosive Magnetocumulative Generator Warhead
The process of creating the magnetic field in an EMG generator requires a coil wrapped in belt of explosives, shaped to create an implosion. Before detonation, current is sent throught the coil which creates a small magnetic field for a split second. The explosives are then detonated to "squeeze" the coil rapidly and create an extremely high-magnetic-field. The joint experiments being done by scientists from Los Alamos and Arazamas-16 have used this type of generator with large multicoil systems.
In military form, the EMG is a conventional warhead that produces a magnetic pulsed field equal to a small nuclear bomb. EMGs can knock out computers, radios, radars and fry a wide variety of electronic devices. The U.S. version, an EMG warhead equipped Tomahawk cruise missile, was considered by the Clinton administration for "non-lethal" strikes against Serbian radar and command posts. Russian versions vary but two have been openly developed for Speznatz (special forces) operations, a backpack EMG and a grenade sized EMG.
DOD officials are accusing Moscow of passing significant long wave radar data to the Serbs that may have led to the F-117A shoot down. Serbs were able to apply simple modifications to aging Russian radars to get a better fix on F-117A Nighthawk stealth bombers.