The US Navy Wants Electronic Weapons That “Go To 11”

December 5, 2018

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The Navy is looking for bigger electronic weapons.

According to Quartz, the US Navy is courting proposals from defense contractors to design the next generation of electronic warfare (EW) technology. 


It’s looking for devices that can be used to jam enemy radar and missile systems and deceive hostile forces—and the service branch wants equipment that “goes to 11.”


Reflecting the Navy’s increasing use of small, unmanned ships and drones to augment and extend the capabilities of its existing force, the service branch is looking for ways to use a multitude of these devices to at once create an antenna capable of sending out radio frequencies with the power equivalent to those emitted from “black hole jets” or “gamma ray bursts,” according to documents from a Navy presentation.


Those celestial bodies generate extremely large amounts of power at incredibly high frequencies, which would be very hard to defeat if you’re using that as a sensing technology,


Such technology would also potentially be capable of frying enemy electronics with the amount of radiation it generated.


While electronic warfare has been a priority for the US defense community since World War II, recent advances by Russian and Chinese militaries have ramped up US interest in the technology.

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