US aims to zap Kim’s mis­siles

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THE US mil­i­tary is ready to launch mi­crowave rock­ets that can fry the cir­cuits of North Korea’s nu­clear arse­nal.

B-52 bombers 1100km away can fire CHAMP mis­siles to dis­able Kim Jong-un’s nukes as they sit on the launch pad.

CHAMPs have been hailed as an ef­fec­tive non-lethal way of avert­ing mass ca­su­al­ties if Mr Kim is about to fire.

They are tak­ing cen­tre stage in White House dis­cus­sions over the US re­sponse to the grow­ing threat from the her­mit regime as it steps up its fire­power, ac­cord­ing to NBC.

North Korea has a rocket ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing a nu­clear war­head any­where in the US, spark­ing fears war on the Korean Penin­sula is im­mi­nent.

CHAMPs stands for Counter elec­tron­ics High-power mi­crowave Ad­vanced Mis­sile Project. The mis­siles were de­vel­oped in 2009 and op­er­a­tionally tested in 2012.

They har­ness the power of HMP high power mi­crowave tech­nol­ogy to de­stroy an en­emy’s weapons ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Se­na­tor Martin Hein­rich, a former air force en­gi­neer, told NBC: “Think about when you put some­thing in your mi­crowave that has metal on it. You know how badly that goes? Imag­ine di­rect­ing those mi­crowaves at some­one’s elec­tron­ics.”

Mary Lou Robin­son, Air Force Re­search Lab­o­ra­tory weapons de­vel­op­ment head, told NBC: “These ... mi­crowaves are very ef­fec­tive at dis­rupt­ing and pos­si­bly dis­abling elec­tronic cir­cuits.”

The US used the tech­nol­ogy in Iraq and Afghanistan to dis­able drones.

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