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Russians Hail EMP/Beam-Weapon Breakthrough

May 12, 2007 (EIRNS)—The work of Russian scientists in developing electromagnetic pulses (EMP) to be used against enemy military equipment, "surpasses foreign counterparts by 10 times," according to a report published yesterday by the Russian news agency Novosti.

The report, by an academic advisor at the Academy of Engineering Sciences, Yuriy Zaitsev, speaks of a breakthrough in relativistic high-precision electronics, with miltiary applications, that "has no counterparts in the world."

Development of EMP effect weapons for neutralizing electronic communications devices, and high-energy beam weapons which can be used for anti-missile, anti-satellite and anti-personnel applications, was a key part of the Ogarkov war plan which the Soviet Union had pursued in the 1980s.

According to Zaitsev, scientists in several places in Russia have developed generators which can produce brief, high-energy pulses of hundreds and even thousands of megawatts, the equivalent of the electric power output of a modern nuclear plant. The impulses can be generated at a very high frequency. These "super-powerful pulse generators" are small in size, and have "unique physical properties [which] make their sphere of application extremely wide," Zaitsev wrote.

The first high-current electron accelerators were developed in the Soviet Union in the 1960s, according to Gennadiy Mesyats, who is Vice President of the Russian Academy of Sciences. A decade later, scientists could generate powerful microwave nanosecond pulses.

Scientists reported their new results to the Academy of Sciences at the beginning of 2007. The generators can be used in "long-range high-resolution impulse-based radiolocation and in studies of non-thermal impact of powerful electromagnetic fields on radio electronic components and different biological species."