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New Terrorist Weapon

We can use it?but they can too - An electromagnetic pulse weapon that can "fry" the components of a jet plane can be built using information and equipment available on the internet.

In New Scientist, Paul Marks quotes Israeli counter-terrorist Yael Shahar as saying, "These will become more of a threat as the electromagnetic weapons technology matures." A single major pulse, especially if directed at a plane that is taking off or coming in for a landing, could destroy the aircraft by creating an electric field that causes microchips and electronics in the plane to burn out. This would not blow up the airplane, but could cause it to crash (and take offs and landings are the most dangerous times for this anyway).

There is evidence that these EMP pulses have been used in Iraq and Afghanistan, although this has not been confirmed. Marks quotes Shahar as saying, "Once it is known that aircraft are vulnerable to particular types of disruption, it isn't too much of a leap to build a device that can produce that sort of disruption."

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