July 08, 2009 09:40
South Korea aims to develop an electromagnetic pulse bomb that attacks electronic equipment like missile guidance systems by emitting EMP waves by around 2014.
A military source said Tuesday the Agency for Defense Development has developed the technology for an EMP bomb that would incapacitate electronic equipment within a 100 m radius and will seek to develop one that can do it within a 1 km radius by around 2014.
The EMP bomb transmits high-energy electromagnetic waves and will be capable of incapacitating enemy missiles or aircraft, and command, control and communications facilities. The U.S. is developing an EMP bomb that could be effective within a 6.8 km radius by next year.
Given that powerful EMP is generated in a nuclear explosion, the South Korean military plans to build an EMP defense system at military bases and national strategic facilities by injecting W100 billion (US$1=W1,273) by 2014 in preparation for a nuclear attack from North Korea.
The ADD is also developing a high-power microwave bomb that can destroy all electronic equipment lying within a 300 m radius. It also plans to develop a military combat robot capable of carrying out reconnaissance and combat missions by the end of this year.
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