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'Microwave weapons' suspected in Cuba attacks

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Vlad the Mighty

I can believe that might be possible. They're pretty heavy, could make a worthwhile weapon if you dropped one out of a window on top of someone 

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GlitterRose

I'm not sure why this wouldn't be believable.

It's not like there aren't people who don't like Americans. 

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Calibeliever

The truth always comes out ... sometimes too late to be of any use, but always nonetheless.

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seanjo

What is the range of a microwave weapon?

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Microwave weapons[edit]

Although some devices are labelled as microwave weapons, the microwave range is commonly defined as being between 300 MHz and 300 GHz which is within the RF range[21]—these frequencies having wavelengths of 1–1000 micrometers. Some examples of weapons which have been publicized by the military are as follows:

  • Active Denial System is a millimeter wave source that heats the water in a human target's skin and thus causes incapacitating pain. It was developed by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and Raytheon for riot-control duty. Though intended to cause severe pain while leaving no lasting damage, concern has been voiced as to whether the system could cause irreversible damage to the eyes. There has yet to be testing for long-term side effects of exposure to the microwave beam. It can also destroy unshielded electronics.[22] The device comes in various sizes including attached to a humvee.
  • Vigilant Eagle is a proposed airport defense system that directs high-frequency microwaves towards any projectile that is fired at an aircraft.[23] The system consists of a missile-detecting and tracking subsystem (MDT), a command and control system, and a scanning array. The MDT is a fixed grid of passive infrared (IR) cameras. The command and control system determines the missile launch point. The scanning array projects microwaves that disrupt the surface-to-air missile's guidance system, deflecting it from the aircraft.[24]
  • Bofors HPM Blackout is a high-powered microwave weapon system which is stated to be able to destroy at short distance a wide variety of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) electronic equipment. It is stated to be not lethal to humans.[25][26][27]
  • The effective radiated power (ERP) of the EL/M-2080 Green Pine radar makes it a hypothetical candidate for conversion into a directed-energy weapon, by focusing pulses of radar energy on target missiles.[28] The energy spikes are tailored to enter missiles through antennas or sensor apertures where they can fool guidance systems, scramble computer memories or even burn out sensitive electronic components.[28]
  • AESA radars mounted on fighter aircraft have been slated as directed energy weapons against missiles, however, a senior US Air Force officer noted: "they aren't particularly suited to create weapons effects on missiles because of limited antenna size, power and field of view".[29] Potentially lethal effects are produced only inside 100 metres range, and disruptive effects at distances on the order of one kilometre. Moreover, cheap countermeasures can be applied to existing missiles.[30]
  • Counter-electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project
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DirtyDocMartens
4 hours ago, Vlad the Mighty said:

I can believe that might be possible. They're pretty heavy, could make a worthwhile weapon if you dropped one out of a window on top of someone 

That would certainly cause brain damage.

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Seti42

Ask Vladimir (Ras)Putin. He probably knows.

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RoofGardener

Yeah.. right. 

A microwave weapons that could be aimed at a specific room, travelling through walls/windows etc ? A microwave weapons that makes the victim "hear" things ? It makes the target feel ill, but doesn't leave any physical manifestations ? 

I dunno folks. This sounds as mad as the various "sonic weapon" theories ? 

 

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fred_mc

Considering Cuba's and North Korea's very friendly relationship I suspect it was North Korean agents who did it. That would also make statements by Kim Jong Un about bringing a lot of pain to Americans more understandable.

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paperdyer

In other words, a super cell tower?

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Robotic Jew

Who would attack a microwave?

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TripGun

Satellite weaponry.

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