April 16, 2009
Microwave weapons have been sought for decades, but the problem until now has been the portability issue. The bomb to be tested, developed at Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, with U.S. Army funding, is a 1.5-meter cylinder with a diameter of about 15 centimeters. These dimensions were the most difficult of the three metrics the Army asked Texas Tech to meet, according to Larry Altgilbers, Texas Tech’s contract monitor and an engineer at the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USAMDC), in Huntsville. The bomb also had to operate under its own power and, of course, generate lots of microwaves.