Can an electro-magnetic pulse disable an ICBM?

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  • 4 weeks ago

    In theory, it can disable the guidance system. It can't stop the BALLISTIC path of a missile in flight.

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    depends on distance and "yield" of the explosion that causes the pulse

  • Leo
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    I'm sure they are shielded to make them as resistant as possible.

  • 4 weeks ago

    EMP disables electronics, but it is relatively easy to shield them from it.

    As far as propulsion and detonation, those systems are not electronic, and that's where your teeth are.

    • Desolate
      Lv 6
      4 weeks agoReport

      Yes they do..that would be where the vulnerability is...but it's likely shielded in most modern missiles, especially since nuclear blasts induce EMP.

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  • Stan
    Lv 5
    4 weeks ago

    Possibly. Would have to be pretty powerful. The damage occurs from the magnetic field interacting with a coil and inducing a current. If the current is strong enough to make the wires in the coil fuse or lose their insulation the coil then fails rendering whatever device it is in to stop working. Coils are found in nearly everything that runs on electricity especially electronic devices. Cars would certainly be affected as well as the entire electrical grid, if the pulse is strong enough.

  • Rayal
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Most weapons and electronics of the military variety are heavily shielded from EMP.

    Your stuff will most likely get fried.

  • 4 weeks ago

    I seriously doubt it. It is probably shielded by some form of a faraday cage.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Depends on where it is in its trajectory.  Plus they are probably hardened against things like that.

    • marsel_duchamp
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      Slight correction - propulsion is also probably cut off  before apogee.  

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