NATO Members Speak of “Shock and Awe” as they Accuse Russia of Planning to Fry Ukraine using EMP Weapons
As the war in Ukraine continues to drag on, Russia is now being accused by NATO of planning an EMP attack on Ukraine in order to fry their power grid and communications gear. We shall see. I would give this more credibility than the “dirty bomb” that they talked about last month. Here is more from warnews 247.
The British and Americans are talking about a blow that will cause shock and awe to the Ukrainian Army, who confirm the revealing publication of WarNews247 and emphasize that the Russian Army will strike with a special weapon that will cause an EMP electromagnetic pulse.
In this context, the Financial Times, the newspaper “The Sun” and “The Times” two months after the disclosure of WarNews247 report that Spetsnaz units carry special equipment while the strike can be done through Zircon missiles.
If the Zircon missile is used then the first supersonic electromagnetic EMP attack in History will take place!
The non-nuclear version of the EMp carried by the Spetsnaz is believed to be capable of destroying electronic devices up to six miles away.
A relatively small nuclear EMP, easily deployed at high altitude by Russia’s supersonic Zircon cruise missiles, might not destroy any buildings or kill anyone. However, it could permanently disable electrical circuits across thousands of square miles of Ukrainian territory.
Electromagnetic pulse pulse EMP
So far, Russia’s threats of escalation against Ukraine have largely been interpreted as a veiled reference to the use of conventional nuclear weapons. But there is another weapon that the Russian leadership may be considering:
a regular electromagnetic pulse, known as an EMP.
These weapons – designed to create a powerful pulse of energy that short-circuits electrical and electronic equipment such as computers, generators, satellites, radios, radar receivers and even traffic lights – could disable Ukraine’s military and civilian infrastructure and leave the country without light, heat, communications or transportation.
EMP attacks have been amply explained, and even publicized, on Russian state TV talk shows. A Russian colonel has shown in the air, with maps, how such an explosion might work in the Baltic Sea. “Perhaps Putin and his generals have been warning us about this possibility all along, with their cryptic threats to unleash unspecified ‘military-technical measures’,” say British experts.
A tactical nuclear weapon used to create an explosion would likely be ineffective against the mobile, dispersed forces of a combination of guerrilla and conventional warfare that the Ukrainians are deploying to retake their territory. But using a nuclear weapon for electromagnetic warfare is a different matter.
The signature of this type of attack would not be a fireball and a mushroom cloud, but a strange electric blue orb like a Medusa pulsing directly overhead, followed by silence. At this altitude, sound is not carried.
A relatively small nuclear EMP, easily deployed at high altitude by Russia’s supersonic Zircon cruise missiles, might not destroy any buildings or kill anyone.
But it could permanently disable electrical circuits across thousands of square miles of Ukrainian territory. Almost all defense equipment deployed by NATO allies in Ukraine – such as radios, GPS navigation and aerial drones – depends on electronics for deployment, maintenance and integration.
The lingering electromagnetic effects of a hit could destroy 90 percent of the satellites above the affected zone within three months. However, Russian intelligence operations on the ground are also likely to be affected
The US and its allies are by no means ignorant of the dangers of an EMP, and most military equipment has some degree of built-in defense against this eventuality. But a strike would create a new battlefield that negates the superiority of NATO’s intelligence systems.
In Kherson, for example, a tactical EMP could disable the systems that operate the area’s dams, clog highways and bridges with miles of vehicles, and leave the civilian population scrambling for food and heat. In the aftermath of a successful EMP strike, Ukraine would have to cease fighting to replenish its damaged arsenal.
Putin could in the meantime rebuild and resupply his forces and seize the newly depopulated areas during a spring offensive.
What is perhaps most troubling is that Russia and NATO have such different approaches to these weapons. According to Russian military doctrine, EMP strikes are a branch of information, cyber and electronic warfare rather than nuclear warfare.
This lowers the bar and may make EMPs even more enticing to Putin’s strategists.
What NATO should do – What the British say
First, we must warn Russia that an EMP strike against Ukraine would cross the nuclear threshold and trigger a collective defensive response from NATO. The unforeseeable effects of downwind dispersion on the earth’s atmosphere, environment, satellites and populations should be sufficient grounds for invoking Article Five (the alliance’s collective defense clause).
Second, we should help the Ukrainian military prepare. We should support them in conducting EMP exercises with the participation of civil authorities. The Ukrainian people must be educated on how to mitigate and overcome such an attack, including by stocking analog radios, flashlights, and batteries. Preparation, fortitude, ingenuity and self-reliance are already qualities by which the Ukrainians have distinguished themselves in this war.
Finally, we need to reconsider our goals. If Putin is indeed considering the use of a tactical EMP, then what is at stake is not only the freedom of Ukraine but the very future of war. If we bow to the Kremlin’s nuclear blackmail, there is a risk that other countries will follow suit: China and North Korea already have EMP capabilities. The situation in Ukraine offers a glimpse into a potentially more dangerous and uncertain future. We cannot afford to lose this match.
Spetsnaz forces were equipped
Russian Spetsnaz forces in Ukraine are equipped with a weapon that allows them to knock out all electronic devices within a range of six miles or more, British and American experts believe, and may be ready to use it.
An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) strike would disable Ukraine’s civil infrastructure and smash its ability to defend itself like a hammer, experts say.
Such strikes are usually carried out using a low-yield nuclear explosion in space to create an electromagnetic pulse that short-circuits all unprotected electronic devices. The range of the hit is proportional to the height of the explosion.
An EMP strike – the weapon for the Russian villains in the 1995 James Bond film Goldeneye – from a 30-mile aerial blast would cover most of the Midwestern United States, according to Nasa. A blast into space at 120 miles would cover most of continental America.
The Kremlin has also developed non-nuclear EMP munitions that have a more targeted effect.
“Russia has a number of non-nuclear EMP munitions that could be launched from the ground using specialized projectiles,” said Justin Bronk, a senior researcher at the Royal United Nations Institute (RUSI) think tank.
Some Spetsnaz units operating in Ukraine carry these weapons, he added. “EMP strikes leave very few visible traces, so it’s hard to know if one has already been used.”
A non-nuclear attack of this kind is not considered a significant escalation, Bronk said, and could be used without the risk of provoking a direct confrontation with the West.
In July, Russian state media boasted that non-nuclear EMP missiles had increased their range to six miles after a series of tests over the summer.
President Putin has already sought to disable much of Ukraine’s critical energy and water infrastructure through cruise missile strikes on hydroelectric plants, substations and thermal power plants across the country.
A nuclear EMP strike would do the same, but on a much larger scale , said Francis Tusa, a defense analyst and former nuclear artillery officer . “Russia has already tried to make Ukraine as uninhabitable as possible ahead of winter, so I’m not ruling out the possibility of an EMP strike as part of what appears to be a ‘scorched earth’ policy.”
There would be no widespread loss of life as in the case of a direct nuclear attack, but a nuclear EMP strike would still be seen as an act of major escalation and would likely provoke a response from NATO.
The destructive effects of such a weapon are also difficult to contain and are likely to affect the infrastructure of neighboring countries, including NATO members.
Thomas Withington, an electronic warfare expert at Rusi, said the West had long viewed an EMP strike as a prelude to a major nuclear attack, and its use in Ukraine could be interpreted by NATO as a push for more deadly nuclear attacks by forcing them thus to intervene.
“I think the big danger for the Russian government is that once they have a nuclear EMP detonation, they risk losing strategic control of the situation, as they cannot know for sure how the international community, and most importantly NATO, might act.” , Withington said.
But Russia’s position is not desperate enough to consider using a nuclear strike, either directly or indirectly with an EMP, said James Rogers, director of research at the Council on Geostrategy. “Putin is increasingly looking for a break and we know there is pressure on him for the failure of their generals .”
“An EMP hit could give him that break that would turn the tide for him. But I don’t think he’s in a position yet. The real stepping stone to escalation — if there is one — is if the Ukrainians regain the ground they’ve lost and start marching into Crimea.”
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Don’t fear any of this folks, a lot of this stuff has been just talk but I do believe that an EMP attack is more likely than a tactical nuke or a dirty bomb. This would not cause all of the collateral damage that a nuke would and it would only destroy electronic components and circuitry. Those items can be replaced and repaired at a fraction of the cost of rebuilding an entire city.
Of course if this happens then whoever lives in the affected areas will be without power and probably running water for the foreseeable future. War always affects the civilians the worst and no power would kill them off through cold, no potable water and no food except for what they have on hand or can scrounge up. During these times of great tribulation (yep we’re in it) our only hope is in Jesus Christ and the arc He provides.
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