Russia, China, and several other nations developing society-killing EMP weapons

Several nations including Russia and China are developing massive electromagnetic pulse (EMP) bombs that are designed to wipe out nearly all electronics, from computers to power grids, for hundreds of miles surrounding the blast, a new congressional report warns.

The report by the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from EMP Attack, which no longer exists, reveals for the first time details about how nuclear EMP weapons are being integrated into battle plans by China, Russia, North Korea, and even Iran, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

Of the details provided by the report, the authors also disclose how those countries would employ EMP attacks in various battle theaters including Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and North America.

“Nuclear EMP attack is part of the military doctrines, plans, and exercises of Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran for a revolutionary new way of warfare against military forces and civilian critical infrastructures by cyber, sabotage, and EMP,” the report says.

“This new way of warfare is called many things by many nations: In Russia, China, and Iran it is called Sixth Generation Warfare, Non-Contact Warfare, Electronic Warfare, Total Information Warfare, and Cyber Warfare,” the report continued.

This type of warfare is also dubbed “Blackout War” because of its devastating effects on a country’s power grid.

The concept behind an EMP attack is to detonate a nuclear warhead high above a target — so high that they don’t produce any blast or other effects harmful to humans. Rather, the objective is to use the electromagnetic pulse emitted by the blast to knock out even sophisticated electronics, knocking out all technology that powers modern societies.

Strikes are regarded by adversaries as not being acts of nuclear war.

“Potential adversaries understand that millions could die from the long-term collateral effects of EMP and cyber-attacks that cause protracted black-out of national electric grids and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures,” the report states.

But potential adversaries aren’t just building normal EMP bombs; they’re building ‘super bombs’ capable of generating enough gamma rays for a peak EMP field of 200,000 volts per meter, which is enough to fry even strategic (hardened) communications and intelligence-gathering systems.

China, Russia, and — most likely North Korea — are believed to already possess these kinds of super-bombs, the commission’s report says.

The U.S., meanwhile, does not have such a weapon in its arsenal, the authors noted.

Super-EMP bombs produce gamma rays that generate a peak EMP field of 200,000 volts per meter—enough to fry strategic communications and intelligence systems. China, Russia, and probably North Korea are said to have these arms, according to the commission. The United States has no super-EMP weapons in its nuclear arsenal.

Since EMP bombs can be ‘adjusted’ in terms of the amount of area they can destroy, they have a number of potential uses.

China could use an EMP bomb to knock out all electronics on the autonomous island of Taiwan ahead of an invasion. Also, Beijing could detonate one over Japan in times of war.

Russia could use an EMP super bomb to destroy much of Europe’s power grid and electronic infrastructure. And all three could use such weapons against the U.S.

In the opening moments of a world war, China or Russia could use an EMP weapon to knock out U.S. nuclear command-and-control infrastructure, the report said.

“A super-EMP warhead, in the possession of Russia or North Korea, could put at risk the best protected U.S. assets, even threatening the survival of the U.S. nuclear deterrent,” it added.


How Russia plans to make its fifth-generation Su-57 more powerful than the F-22 and F-35

Two fifth-generation fighter planes designed and manufactured by the United States — the F-22 and the F-35 — are widely believed to be the most powerful in the world for their ability to stealthily deliver deadly payloads on target.

But Russia is looking to make its fifth-gen Su-57 even more powerful.

As reported by The National Interest, Moscow’s weapons designers are destined to mate the Su-57, which is cutting edge aircraft technology, with equally cutting edge hypersonic missile technology, giving the aircraft substantially more power than either U.S. jet in terms of survivable, deliverable weapons systems.

Russian state media outlet Tass reported that the defense ministry plans to integrate its hypersonic weapon, the Kinzhal, on the Su-57.

“In accordance with Russia’s State Armament Program for 2018-2027, Su-57 jet fighters will be equipped with hypersonic missiles. The jet fighters will receive missiles with characteristics similar to that of the Kinzhal missiles, but with inter-body placement and smaller size,” a defense industry insider told the newswire.

The notion of adding hypersonic missiles, which truly are game-changers, to the Su-57 was first broached by Boris Obnosov, who is the general director of the Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV).

He said: “In perspective, we can certainly anticipate this [hypersonic] weaponry over the following decade. Everything will come in due time for the Su-57, likely including hypersonic weapons.”

The Kh-47M2 Kinzhal is capable of carrying conventional or nuclear warheads to targets at speeds of up to Mach 5-6.

Russian President Vladimir Putin introduced it, essentially, during a state-of-the-state speech in early 2018.

“The missile flying at a hypersonic speed, 10 times faster than the speed of sound, can also maneuver at all phases of its flight trajectory, which also allows it to overcome all existing and, I think, prospective anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense systems, delivering nuclear and conventional warheads in a range of over 2,000 kilometers,” he said.

In short, the Kinzhal cannot be defended against, at least not with existing missile defense systems, quite literally because the counter-missiles are not fast enough.

One major setback for the Russians is trying to figure out how to fit the Kinzhal onto the Su-57 in a way that maintains the aircraft’s stealth capabilities. As of this report, there is no public confirmation that Russian designers have managed to overcome that obstacle.

Now, if by “characteristics similar to that of the Kinzhal missiles” Russian designers mean a smaller version of the Kinzhal, that could work, but then would a smaller weapon retain the same range and pack the same punch? And again, there’s still the question of radar cross-section — and cost.

As The National Interest noted, however, other Russian platforms have already tested the Kinzhal, and others are being modfied to carry it:

Kinzhal was first demonstrated with the MiG-31K supersonic fighter, an iteration of the MiG-31 designed for the new hypersonic missile. In a similar vein, the Tu-22M3 has been modified from the base Tupolev Tu-22M to carry four Kinzhal missiles. Whereas these two aircraft were modified to accommodate the Kh-47M2 Kinzhal, it is a noteworthy departure that the Kh-47M2 is reportedly being modified to accommodate the Su-57.

The U.S. Air Force is speeding development of its own hypersonic missile design, and China has reportedly tested one as well.