Microwave weapon could fry North Korea’s missile controls, experts say


USA UU They have microwave weapons that supporters believe could prevent North Korea from dropping missiles by frying their electronic products.

The weapons were discussed at a White House meeting in August related to North Korea, according to two US officials. UU With direct knowledge

Microwave weapons, known as CHAMPs, are mounted on a cruise missile launched from the air and sent from B-52 bombers. With a range of 700 miles, they can fly into enemy airspace at low altitude and emit sharp pulses of microwave energy to deactivate electronic systems.

"These high-power microwave signals are very effective at disrupting and possibly disabling electronic circuits," said Mary Lou Robinson, head of weapons development at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque, in an interview. exclusive with NBC News.