High-Power Microwave Energy as Weapon

  • Bahman Zohuri


High-power electromagnetic pulse generation techniques and high-power microwave technology have matured to the point where practical e-bombs (electromagnetic bombs) are becoming technically feasible, with new applications in both strategic and tactical information warfare. The development of conventional e-bomb devices allows their use in nonnuclear confrontations. This chapter discusses aspects of the technology base and weapon delivery techniques and proposes a doctrinal foundation for the use of such devices in warhead and bomb applications. Brief biography of Dr. Carlo Kopp is presented in footnote at the end of this chapter.



Thanks to Dr. D.H. Steven for his insightful comment on microwave coupling and propagation, and to Professor C.S. Wallace, Dr. Ronald Pose, and Dr. Peter Leigh-Jones for their most helpful critique of the drafts. Thanks also to the RAAF Air Power Studies Centre and its then Director, Group Captain Gary Waters, for encouraging the author to investigate this subject in 1993. Some material in this paper is derived from RAAF APSC Working Paper, “A Doctrine for the Use of Electromagnetic Pulse Bombs,” published in 1993 [36], and is posted with permission.

An earlier version of this chapter was presented at InfoWarCon V and first published in “Information Warfare—Cyberterrorism: Protecting Your Personal Security In the Electronic Age,” 1996, Thunder’s Mouth Press, 632 Broadway 7th FL, New York, NY, ISBN: 1-56025-132-8,, posted with permission.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bahman Zohuri
    • 1
  1. 1.Galaxy Advanced Engineering, Inc.AlbuquerqueUSA

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