Two concerning stories have surfaced out of Asia in the past few weeks. To begin with, China put out stories in its state run newspapers that its submarine fleet is capable of launching nuclear weapons that can take out millions of Americans. This was predicted by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission last year. The report said, “China is on the cusp, perhaps within two years, of attaining a true ‘‘nuclear triad’’ of land-based ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, and air-dropped nuclear bombs. For planning purposes, Chinese strategists consider the United States as the principal threat.” Turns out they were correct.
As you can see in the Department of Defense map of Chinese missile ranges below, the JL-2 missiles (green circle), which China has loaded aboard its submarines couldn’t effectively reach over the North Pole from mainland China to strike U.S. targets in the 48 contiguous states. But once loaded aboard Xia class submarines, the missiles can reach from sea to shining sea. And according to the Chinese report, “The 12 JL-2 nuclear warheads carried by one single Type 094 SSBN can kill and wound 5 million to 12 million Americans.”
This week Americans learned from South Korea’s spy agency (NIS) that North Korea is working on EMP weapons. The intelligence explains that North Korea has purchased Russian electromagnetic weapons and intends to build domestic copies. In 2008 Pravda, the Russian state news mouthpiece, reported on the country’s newly developed EMP weapons.
It transpired recently that Russian scientists developed a generator, the capacity of which is comparable to that of a nuclear unit. It is a genuine scientific breakthrough, and it is already clear that the defense industry will not be the only field where the new super device is going to be used.
An individual, who is miles away from physics and is only familiar with home electricity, will not be able to imagine the power of several billions of watts. It will be even harder to imagine that such power can be generated by a device that is fit to be placed on a table.
“The devices generating such power – billions of watts – used to be very large in size before. This appliance has a very short impulse, which makes it possible to have it on a desk – it is a very compact device,” the Director of Lebedev’s Institute of Physics, Vice President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Gennady Mesyats said.
Mikhail Yalandin, one of the creators of the miraculous machine, said that the scientists had assembled two of such devices in Yekaterinburg – a bigger and a smaller one.
Never before had a relatively small device ever been able to generate electromagnetic impulses the capacity of which could be comparable to a huge water power plant. It is ten times as much as any foreign-made analogue.
The new device can be used practically anywhere. The invention will let specialists create radar telescopes and radars of new generation. Missile troops and defense departments on the whole will most likely be the first customers to order the appliance. The new generators can also be used to check the stability of large energy objects and systems. The device is capable of imitating the strays which appear as a result of a lightning strike or even a nuclear blast.
Is it likely that much of the bluster from these nations is propaganda? Yes. But is it also possible that some of it is true? Yes. Americans must be wary. Find out how to start preparing yourself for potential EMP attacks by reading EMP Threat: Be Prepared. Follow that up by reading through all of our articles on EMP, solar flare and disaster preparedness.