E- Weapons, ELECTROMAGNETIC pulse weapons, apparently can be easily built using current technology and information currently available on the world wide web. Components are also widely available on the net, and all it would take to bring a plane down would be a single but highly energetic microwave radio pulse. This could be accomplished either from a device inside a plane, or a weapon on the ground and trained at a landing aircraft.
All of us have heard of green lasers being aimed at the cockpits of aircraft, imagining that the culprits were attempting to blind the pilots. A pulse weapon is different, the radio pulse creates an electric field of hundreds of thousands volts per meter, which then induces a current that burns out electrical systems such as microchips found in car and aircraft electronics.
As a result some aviation safety groups feel that with more and more composite structures in aircraft it is important to protect the wiring from emp (electro magnetic pulse) weapons. For the time being the risk may be minimal.
Douglas Beason, a director at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, says it may be straightforward to build a do-it-yourself EMP weapon, but more difficult to make one that can be stowed in an aircraft. "A lot of work would need to go into dramatically decreasing the weight, shrinking the power supply and antenna," he says.
In any case governments are aware of the risks and are working to make sure these weapons are not used against civilian aircraft.
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