Azi wrote: I'm chemist
Chemist, physicist its all about particles isn't it?
Normally microwave guns based on MASER (microwave analogue to LASER) are only huge and consume a lot of power. The beam is focused and it's not dangerous for people who are not standing in the path of the beam. The device itself is of course isolated! In the path of beam you have more or less a lot of problems, depending on the power and wavelength. With today technology you have to built a plane around the MASER, like the A-10 was literally built around the main gun, because for a really powerful engine...maybe a pilot would make the plane too huge and complex!
ok what then is reason to use maser/EW then laser? higher power ? easier to make? less radiation power loss with distance? What about power transferred in impulse? In every case
Laser can cut through missile or fighter can EW gun do this?
Microwaves are between radio waves and infrared light. Many AESA radars are working in the area of microwaves and AESA is a powerful tool for EW. Powerful AESA is no problem for pilots, why should a directed beam created by a isolated pod be a problem?
Best example for a good microwave weapon is Krasukha-4! X-Band radar is official microwave (beginning from 1 GHz). Krasukha-4 working with multiband is soo powerful, that it barbecues the electronic of enemy missile, plane, satellite etc!
Krasukha is good example that it works only with large size of antenna and power generator is huge. Laser pods already are tested. Anyway
Main article: Plasma weapon
Plasma weapons fire a beam, bolt, or stream of plasma, which is an excited state of matter consisting of atomic electrons & nuclei and free electrons if ionized, or other particles if pinched.
The MARAUDER (Magnetically Accelerated Ring to Achieve Ultra-high Directed-Energy and Radiation) used the Shiva Star project (a high energy capacitor bank which provided the means to test weapons and other devices requiring brief and extremely large amounts of energy) to accelerate a toroid of plasma at a significant percentage of the speed of light.
The Russian Federation is developing plasma weapons.
Project old but look at potential: 10,000kms
Specifically, the objective of the program was the acceleration of a toroid of 0.5-2.0 mg plasma to a kinetic energy level on the order of megajoules using a 5-10 MJ coaxial gun de
The plasma projectiles would be shot at a speed expected to be 3000 km/s in 1995 and 10,000 km/s (3% of the speed of light) by 2000. A shot has the energy of 5 pounds of TNT exploding. Doughnut-shaped rings of plasma and balls of lightning exploded with devastating thermal and mechanical effects when hitting their target and produced pulse of electromagnetic radiation that could scramble electronics, the energy would shower the interior of the target with high-energy x-rays that would potentially destroy the electronics inside.