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The Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) Threat

Oct 17, 2020 18:00 IST

On August 1, 2020, a post on Twitter appeared purportedly from Global Times of China quoting Qien Huayo source that read, “Chinese Helicopter shot down by unknown Indian EMP burst, 7 killed”. It is not known if the tweet was genuine or fake but it was deleted after a short time. There were no comments from the Indian side. EMP weapons have the advantage of scalability from microwaves that enormously heat the skin without injury, to high-power EMP weapons that can destroy enemy ballistic missile in flight. The main advantage of EMP weapons lies in destroying enemy’s ability to fight without killing or wounding, less casualties caused by downed weapon platforms or aircraft due to EMP attack.