- Known as the Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP), the missiles were built by Boeing’s Phantom Works for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory
- The microwave weapons can be launched into enemy airspace at low altitude and emit sharp pulses of high power microwave energy that disable any electronic devices targeted
- Mary Lou Robinson, the chief of the High Power Microwave Division of the Air Force Research Lab has confirmed to DailyMail.com that the missiles are now operational and ready to take out any target
- While North Korea or Iran may attempt to shield their equipment, U.S. officials doubt that would be effective against CHAMP.
- The project has been advancing secretly ever since the Air Force successfully tested a missile equipped with high-powered microwave energy in 2012
Ronald Kessler, a former Washington Post and Wall Street Journal investigative reporter, is the New York Times Bestselling Author of ‘The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game,’ The Secrets of the FBI,’ ‘The First Family Detail,’ and the ‘CIA at War.’
The U.S. Air Force has deployed at least 20 missiles that could zap the military electronics of North Korea or Iran with high-power microwaves, rendering their military capabilities virtually useless without causing any fatalities, DailyMail.com has learned exclusively.
Known as the Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP), the missiles were built by Boeing’s Phantom Works for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and tested successfully in 2012. They have not been operation until now.
The microwave weapons are fitted into an air-launched cruise missile and delivered from B-52 bombers. With a range of 700 miles, they can fly into enemy airspace at low altitude and emit sharp pulses of high power microwave (HPM) energy that fry computer chips, disabling any electronic devices targeted by the missiles with causing any collateral damage.
Mary Lou Robinson, the chief of the High Power Microwave Division of the Air Force Research Lab at Kirtland Air Force Base, has confirmed to DailyMail.com that the missiles are now operational and ready to take out any target.
Graphic shows the Counter-electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) missle taking out a target. In a test in the Utah desert, the missile successfully defeated electronic targets with little to no collateral damage
The project has been advancing secretly ever since the Air Force successfully tested a missile equipped with HPM in 2012.
In the test, the CHAMP missile flew over a two-story building on the Utah Test and Firing Range.
The building in the west Utah desert was crammed with computers and security and surveillance systems. The microwaves took down the compound’s entire spectrum of electronic systems, including video cameras set up to film the test, without damaging anything else.
‘We hit every target we wanted to,’ Boeing’s CHAMP Program Manager Keith Colman said in a company press release. ‘Today we made science fiction into science fact.’
Until the announcement of the successful test, the project had been top secret. When it was announced, only a few trade publications ran the story.
Since then, beyond several dozen stories in December 2017 when the missiles were still non-operational, the media have ignored the story.
Because of sequestration budget cuts, the CHAMP missiles did not become operational under the Obama administration. But after I emailed then Trump National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster in August 2017 information about CHAMP that I was about to include in my book, The Trump White House, he thanked me for letting him know about the capability, agreed to an interview, and ordered a briefing from the Pentagon.
As a result, the Pentagon funded the program and ordered Air Force training worldwide to deploy and operate the missile systems.
The beauty of the HPM missile is that its microwave beam can penetrate bunkers where facilities are hidden without harming humans inside.
The CHAMP missiles are entirely different from cyber-warfare designed to confuse computers. Unlike a cyberattack, CHAMP permanently fries electronic equipment.
CHAMP missiles emitting HPM also differ from an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack that is created by detonating a nuclear weapon in the atmosphere. Because it is targeted, HPM leaves intact civilian facilities needed to sustain life.
An EMP attack, on the other hand, would leave millions dead because trucks, planes, cars, refrigerators, furnaces, municipal water treatment systems, phones, lights, computers, credit card and banking systems, stock exchanges, ships, and trains would all become inoperable.