As the USA celebrates the Fourth of July today and tomorrow, it is perhaps worth noting that Russia is pulling the curtain back on some technologies it has had for a while:
Now, I hope you caught the one thing in this article that probably has the strategic planners in the West a little resistant and hesitant:
"The new system is equipped with a high-power relativistic generator and reflector antenna, management and control system, and a transmission system, which is fixed on the chassis of BUK surface-to-air missile systems.
"When mounted on a special platform, the 'microwave gun' is capable of ensuring perimeter defense at 360 degrees," said a spokesman for the Kremlin-owned United Instrument Manufacturing Corp, according to Sputnik News.
As well as its reported capabilities for taking out drones and warhead, the 'microwave gun' is said to disrupt radio frequencies and "deactivate the equipment" of low-flying planes, the report said.
The system has a range of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) and can be fired in any direction.
"This mobile microwave irradiation complex performs off-frequency rejection of electronics aboard low-altitude aerial targets and warheads of high precision weapons," a source in Rostech Corporation told TASS.
The implication here is that the weapon - which I have drawn attention to before - could literally scramble the targeting computers in guided weapons, including smart bombs, making them miss their targets... wildly. the implication then becomes rather obvious: with the Western militaries so reliant upon such weapons, such a counter-measure makes that arsenal inherently problematical if they cannot hit their targets.
But there's an even bigger potential problem here, one that we have not previously mentioned, for imagine that one scaled this counter-measure weapon up considerably. One would now have something interfering not just with smart bombs or tactical systems, but something perhaps capable of producing similar effects in theater or strategic guided missiles. In that case, what good are your hydrogen bombs, if you cannot hit the broad side of a barn? or, to put it more directly, cannot even hit the city or military base you've targeted? It's probably the latter possibility that has western oligarchs concerned, and it's probably the latter possibility that inspired International Business Times to draw everyone's attention to it. Such is the ultimate missile defense system, and of a type typically Russian rather then Western. The Western approach is always that of technological overkill: to hit a bullet with a bullet, to take out a missile with another missile, while the Russian method appears to be to simply scramble the electronics and targeting data of missiles remotely and electromagnetically, a far more practical and perhaps reliable approach.
And where have we heard that before? We heard about it during those 1960s and 1970s (and, for the Soviets, 1980s) UFO incidents where UFOs were reported over ICBM silos. In some circumstances, whole flights of missiles were taken offline, or, in some cases, their targeting data was remotely altered, and in the Soviets' case, it is alleged the flight actually began the launch countdown sequence... all remotely. And as researcher Robert Hastings, in his excellent study UFOs and Nukes recounts, the US Air Force brought in the Boeing company to study the incident, and it was able to reproduce some of these effects remotely...
... in the 1970s.
See you on the flip side...