September 16th, 2013
The same company is developing, “High altitude electromagnetic pulse weapons.”
An energy beam that can be fired to disable vehicles and electronic devices has been developed by Nato scientists.
The device uses an intense pulse of electromagnetic energy that can be directed at a moving vehicle to interfere with the electronics on board.
Tests conducted by Nato scientists who have been developing the device in Norway show that it can stop a car approaching a roadblock and could be used to thwart suicide bomb attacks.
It can also be carried in the back of a vehicle to disable other vehicles that are in pursuit.
The researchers, who are working as part of Nato’s Science and Technology Organisation, have also demonstrated it can disable jet skis and drones.
The device has been compared to the satellite weapon that features in the James Bond movie Golden Eye. In this an electromagnetic beam is fired from a satellite in orbit to disable electronic equipment.
While the latest device cannot work on the same scale, it has the potential to disable almost any electronic device.
It is, however, unlikely to work against older vehicles that rely upon purely mechanical equipment.
Electromagnetic pulses create an intense magnetic field that damages electronic circuitry.
Details of how the new device works are still secret but it is likely to use microwaves or radio frequency energy.
Images released by Nato show pressure transmitters that are used to generate electrical signals.
The new device has been developed in collaboration with defence company Diehl, which has also been working on high altitude electromagnetic pulse weapons.