New Boeing Missile Knocks Out Electronics: Weapon Is So Efficient, It Broke Even The Camera Set To Record It

By Amir Khan on October 24, 2012 3:50 PM EDT

A new Boeing missile created to destroy electronics works better than the company ever thought it would, according to the company. The missile, Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP), uses microwaves to fry electronics and was so effective, it fried the cameras setup to record to test.

"This technology marks a new era in modern-day warfare," Keith Coleman, CHAMP program manager for Boeing Phantom Works, said in a statement. "In the near future, this technology may be used to render an enemy's electronic and data systems useless even before the first troops or aircraft arrive."

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The new Boeing Missile was fired on October 16. The missile approached its target and fired a burst of high-powered microwaves at a two story building, turning off all computers and electrical systems inside.

James Dodd, vice president of Advanced Boeing Military Aircraft, said the technology is promising as it can destroy important targets without any physical damage - meaning no lives lost.

"We know this has some capabilities and some impact, we're really trying to engage the customer to see if there is a way we can actually get this fielded and implemented sooner than later," Dodd said.

Coleman said he is very excited that the missile worked, and has high hopes for it in the future.

"Today we turned science fiction into science fact," he said.

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