US Army Certifies Northrop Grumman to Compete to Develop Electromagnetic Weapons

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Army has selected Northrop Grumman as one of multiple companies to compete for orders issued in a $982 million effort to develop a range of offensive electromagnetic weapons, the defence contractor announced in a press release.

"Our work… will help ensure our Army forces can rapidly identify, develop and leverage the full range of CEMA [Cyber Electromagnetic Activities] effects necessary to deter, deny and prevail on the battlefield," Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Vice President Ginger Wierzbanowski said in the release.

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Northrop Grumman pointed out that an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with a ceiling of $982 million will fund the project.

The contract will enable the US Army to procure an entire range of cyber electromagnetic activities aimed at advancing the force’s lethality in non-kinetic engagements across warfare domains, the release said.

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Potential electromagnetic weapons include microwaves that can pass through walls undetected and kill, laser and sound weapons, as well as yet-to-be-developed devices that can read the human mind, according to published reports.

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