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E W101

Figure 2: A typical EMP energy waveform has a sharp leading edge and decays as a damped sine wave.

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area - particularly all of the computers. Picture a city with no
working traffic lights, trains, airports, automobiles, banks,
electrical power distribution. It is not a pretty picture. While
military equipment is often hardened against EMP, virtually
no civilian infrastructure has that protection, so the economic
damage would be devastating.
NNEMP weapons use chemical explosives as their initial
energy,
weapons
produce only
about one has
milFigure and
2: Anon-nuclear
typical EMP
energy
waveform
lionth
the
energy
of
nuclear
weapons
of
similar
weight.
While
a damped sine wave.
the EMP from nuclear weapons is a secondary effect, the EMP
from NNEMP weapons comes from within the weapons and
thus has shorter range and allows better target discrimination. This makes them appropriate for terrorist or targeted
military applications.

a

NNEMP weapons can generate their EMP energy with a lowinductance capacitor bank discharged into a single loop antenna, a microwave generator and an explosively pumped flux
compression generator. Wave shaping circuits or generators are
placed between the pulse source and the antenna to optimize
the frequency of the pulse for optimal coupling to the target.
NNEMP weapons can be payloads of bombs, cruise missiles or
drones. The
NNEMP payloads
called
E-Bombs.
Figure 3 shows
sharp
leading
edge are
and
decays
as
a general diagram of an E-bomb.

What's Next
Next month, we will cover a related subject, the rail gun. For
your comments and suggestions, Dave Adamy can be reached at
dave@lynxpub.com. a

BALLAST
RING

BATTERY

PULSE
SHAPING
NETWORK
NOSE CONE

POWER
SUPPLY

CAPACITOR
BANKS
PUMPED
FLUX
GENERATOR

VIRCATOR
TUBE

ANTENNA

Figure 3: An E Bomb payload includes the components of the NNEMP Weapon.

Figure 3: An E Bomb payload includes the components of the NNEMP Weapon.



JED - April 2016

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - April 2016

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
DARPA Profile: Advanced Materials
Mission Profile: Non-Kinetic Thinking Creates New Possibilities for Air and Missile Defense
Threat Monitor
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - April 2016 - 5
JED - April 2016 - The View From Here
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JED - April 2016 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - April 2016 - From the President
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