A few days ago I blogged about an article from Israel which cited Russian sources that believe the crash of its airliner at Sochi last Christmas was a deliberate take down brought about by some sort of special "radio" means. Before you dismiss that idea entirely, consider this story shared by Mr. J.H.:
Granted, this story appeared in 2015, but in the context of my speculations about a new "international Mafia War" hypothesis that I advanced in last year's Dec 29th News and Views from the Nefarium and this week's earlier speculations regarding the crash of the Russian Tu-154 outside of Sochi, this is a story worth revisiting here. Consider the implications of the following statements in the article:
The weapon in question: Boeing's "CHAMP," short for Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project. It's essentially the old nuclear electromagnetic pulse weapon that we used to worry so much about -- but without the nuclear part. CHAMP carries a small generator that emits microwaves to fry electronics with pinpoint accuracy. It targets not nations or cities but individual buildings, blacking out their electronics rather than blowing up physical targets (or people).
What makes CHAMP even more interesting is that, unlike a nuclear electromagnetic pulse weapon, which fires once, blacking out entire nation-states, CHAMP can fire multiple times, pinpointing and blacking out only essential targets. This would permit, for example, taking down radar defenses in a hostile state while saving the electrical grid that supports the civilian population. In a 2012 test flight in Utah, a single CHAMP was reported to have blacked out seven separate targets in succession, in one single mission.
And then there's this even more relevant admission:
Even back then, a Boeing representative was able to boast: "We hit every target we wanted to," predicting further that "in the near future, this technology may be used to render an enemy's electronic and data systems useless even before the first troops or aircraft arrive." Four years later, that future has arrived. Air Force Research Laboratory commander Maj. Gen. Tom Masiello says CHAMP is "an operational system already in our tactical air force."
It takes little imagination to envision that this technology could be mounted on almost anything, from drones, to ships, trucks or vans, and so on, and even in manueuverable space satellites, and that it could be modified to track and target moving targets, such as aircraft.
All of this raises the possibility that those Russian sources speculating that their aircraft was brought down by "radio" means - i.e., something operating in the microwave frequency range of the spectrum - are in all likelihood basing their analysis in part on a knowledge of American electromagnetic weaponry capabilities. In other words, the article raises the possibility of a deliberate downing of the Russian aircraft out of the range of fiction and speculation into a very real world possibility. Similarly, it suggests a similar technological capability on Russia's part may lie behind the USS Donald Cook incident.
If my 'International Mafia Wars" scenario be true, then one may also expect that certain "extra-national" players may have a similar capability, and this means that we can also expect, as a component of any such putative international "Mafia wars" to deploy and engage such technologies. If this should prove to be the case, then one may expect reports of USS Donald Cook style incidents to expand both in numbers of incidents over the next few years, and in the types of incidents recorded: power outages in certain key areas, institutions, and assets in both blocs, in addition to cyber warfare and more conventional "wet works."
That is, if reported at all...
See you on the flip side...