Electric Sabotage: How an Electromagnetic Weapon Works

Isabel Perozo
https://i2.wp.com/misionverdad.com/sites/default/files/styles/mv2_820x460/public/media/photos/bombas_electromagneticas.jpgAccording to the Venezuelan government, an electromagnetic attack prevented the complete return of light after the blackout. (Photo: Anfrix)

After the electrical blackout caused by the sabotage to the brain of the Venezuelan electrical system, there has been a public debate about the real possibility that such sabotage results from an electromagnetic attack directed against this system that is fundamental to the functioning of the country.

E Bombs, or electromagnetic explosive devices, are weapons of rudimentary design and high destructive potential. The first public and verifiable references of their existence and use in warlike conflicts date from 2001 when the United States included them in its extensive arsenal in the service of preventive war in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

Making use of design mechanisms conceived in the 1950s, these coils, which launch a powerful electromagnetic pulse, manage to fry any electrical device that reaches its burst, without generating other collateral damage, facilitating operations that leave no trace, except for the complete failure of the equipment within its radius of action.

Manuals for home-made construction

In September 2001, the famous magazine ” Popular Mechanics” published a ” Know-How “, disclosed by Carlo Kopp, to make an electromagnetic pump yourself, by using what is known as an “electromagnetic flux compression generator”, employing a working principle that was first discovered in the 1950s.

In a way, the construction of an E Bomb can be something that is simple within the reach of anyone who wants to put an end to the operation of one or more electrical devices. Just by using a coil and a blast, the size and cost of which will depend on the organization and the purposes of implementing this destructive technology.

How an E Bomb or electromagnetic pump works

An E bomb is a coil that works as follows:

The coil is constructed using copper conductor cables and a capacitor is installed that provides electrical energy to generate an electromagnetic field that remains stable.
A tube is inserted in the coil that is suspended leaving a gap between it and the coil, this tube is filled with explosives.

This explosive has a detonator, when the detonation is made, the tube that is suspended expands and causes a short circuit in the coil.

This short-circuit generates an intense electromagnetic pulse that causes the failure and disablement of electrical devices that are within their reach.

The Z Pinch, another route of greater complexity

The Z Pinch or Zeta Pinch, follows a much more complex design than the home-made E bomb. This device confines energy by plasma clamping.

In this modality we are dealing with an object that can be much bigger but which concentrates the energy in a filament (the size of a spool of thread). This energy is generated by the fall of potential between two electrodes which in turn creates plasma that is heated by the joule effect.

The Z pinch itself is not a weapon, it is a laboratory apparatus used to bend metals by means of electromagnetic fields and to raise the temperature of conductors such as tungsten. However, as a side effect of that process, a very high electromagnetic pulse is generated with effects similar to the E Bomb.

The largest Z machine in the world, whose electromagnetic field is extremely difficult to control, is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is used by the Sandia National Laboratory (USA) whose purpose, among others, is the computer modeling of nuclear weapons.

The United States and its preparation for electromagnetic attack

In 1962, after the discovery of the generation of pulses as a product of the compression of electromagnetic flux, the United States carried out Operation Fishbowl where it detonated an atomic bomb 400 meters above sea level from the Hawaiian sky, creating a false aurora borealis which is why it was called the “rainbow bomb”, this experiment did not cause damage to the population but rather to the electrical devices that serve for the normal functioning of a city.

Another test that the Department of Defense has acknowledged, took place in 2012 in the desert region of Utah where a B-52 bomber launched a “microwave missile” over an area of 4,000 square kilometers where they had electrical equipment that after the exercise stopped working.

In 2017, the BBC news agency published an article reviewing U.S. preparedness through the CHAMP project in which it developed high-powered microwave weapons. With the aim of stopping possible nuclear attacks from North Korea, these missiles would render inoperative the equipment needed to launch nuclear weapon inoperable without causing human harm.

Electromagnetic Attacks that Extinguish Life as We Know It

Under the pretext of avoiding direct damage to the health of the population, the development of electromagnetic weapons is discreetly maintained as a valid option in war, where, although mortal injuries to human beings would not be caused, all the electric and electronic devices that are part of daily life as we know it would be rendered non-functional by “frying” them.

The effects of microwave missiles, or smaller electromagnetic bombs, as well as the effects of the Z pinch, eliminate any possibility of sustaining our telecommunications systems, the functioning of all systems that depend on the electrical flow (water pumping, distribution of gasoline, banking operations), returning us to the beginning of the twentieth century, thereby altering our daily lives and the collective mood deeply influenced by social relationships established by global capitalism through electronic media.

Translation by Internationalist 360°