The US is testing a microwave weapon to stop North Korea’s missiles

December 7, 2017

Vox:

The US military is developing a weapon with microwave technology — yes, microwave — designed to stop countries like North Korea from launching missiles.

According to an NBC News report, the weapon — which is still under development — could be put on a cruise missile and shot at an enemy country from a B-52 bomber. It’s designed to use microwaves to target enemy military facilities and destroy electronic systems, like computers, that control their missiles. The weapon itself wouldn’t damage the buildings or cause casualties.

Air Force developers have been working with Boeing on the system since 2009. They’re hoping to receive up to $200 million for more prototyping and testing in the latest defense bill.

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