Alton Parrish — ineffebleisland.com March 29, 2015
Scientific Applications & Research Associates, Inc. (SARA) (Huntington Beach, CA) has developed a compact, lightweight, steerable, high-power, microwave weapon. The aimable, high-power microwave weapon uses a unique antenna to produce a highly focused beam of energy for contacting a target to neutralize the electrically driven systems such as found in missiles, airplanes and automobiles, accompanied by a low impact on human life.
The antenna can be carried on a surface a truck or air craft along with a feed mechanism such that the antennas are capable of folding into a storage configuration for rapid transport and then expansion into an upright stance for shooting a pencil-thin beam of high-energy microwave radiation at a moving target.
The antenna shoots a high-powered microwave energy in a controllable fashion quickly and without the use of traditional large and cumbersome vacuum waveguides. The high-energy pulsed microwave energy beam can be used against a moving target to neutralize its electrical control systems without simultaneously exposing the pilot or other human cargo to unhealthy radiation.
The microwave antenna is unmatched in the rapidity and swath of its beam steering and can be used for directed energy weapons (DEW) engagements with moving targets both on the ground and in the air.
The highly steerable antenna is the first of its kind to use twist-reflector and transreflector technology in a high-power microwave (HPM) capable configuration.
The power for the microwave is first generated by an internal combustion or jet engine, that feeds to a pulse forming network or Marx bank, that, in turn, drives a high power microwave (HPM) generator, such as s super-reltron, relativistic-magnetron, virtual cathode oscillator, or relativistic Klystron, to produce the microwave radiation for channeling through the waveguide to the feed horn.
The research and development efforts that produced the technology was funded by the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL). In May 2003. the weapon earned US Patent # 6,559,807.
In the patent inventor Robert A. Koslover says it was determined that a high-peak power microwave transmission, on the order of more than 100 megawatts (MW) of energy, confined to a very tight beam (“pencil beam”) using an L-band antenna, lightweight (less than 250 kg) and compact enough to be deployed on a land vehicle or an air platform, could find wide use in intercepting a target and degrading or neutralizing the electronic control monitoring systems and directional control systems in such targets as flying missiles and piloted aircraft as a means of rendering them ineffective without injuring human life.
In other situations, civil authorities may find use for the device to neutralize the electrical system and computer-driven controls of an automobile or other motor vehicle thereby eliminating the need for extended car chase situations by police authorities that often result in destruction of property and severe injury or death to participants and members of the public.