The US Navy and Air Force have begun the final key tests of new missiles using microwave systems, which are scheduled to be completed before the end of summer.
As specified, this type of missile is a high-yield electromagnetic non-kinetic strike weapon (HiJENKS), which is designed to disable enemy electronic systems using microwave technology. The current testing phase will take place in California and is the final one following the results of five years of work on the project.
HiJENKS is the successor to a previous US military project that also used microwave technology to disable enemy electronics. Unlike its predecessor, the new device uses more advanced technologies to reduce the size of the rocket and make it applicable in more difficult conditions on a wide range of launch vehicles.
The Pentagon also said the military is working to improve technology to disable unmanned aerial vehicles, including drone swarms, that could pose a threat to military bases. The contract for the supply of a prototype of such a device in early 2024 has already cost the US Department of Defense $26 million.